Size of IS shop: 20
Mobile PCs: 845
Hand-held devices: 910
Total screens: 2258
Industry: IT supplier
PC environment: IBM, Lenovo, Linux, Windows XP
Server environment: IBM; AIX; Linux; Windows XP, 2003
DBMS: DB2, Lotus, SQL
Address: The Majestic Centre, 100 Willis Street, Wellington
Key IS projects this year: Cisco Call Manager upgrade; network and infrastructure upgrades; datacentre fit out (Highbrook Park, Auckland); internet gateway refresh; rogue wireless detection; review/upgrade of videoconference facilities; LAN printer refresh.
“In the past 12 to 18 months, we have been increasingly focused on how to harness new and emerging technologies, such as social networking tools and cloud computing, to drive innovative new ways of doing business — for IBM as well as for our clients,” says IBM’s NZ IT manager Doug Stuart. With both ICT budgets and projects expected to increase more than 10 percent, IBM’s IT strategy will help drive business growth in 2010 by enabling:
- Flexibility and mobility — giving employees access to tools that enable flexible and mobile working, meaning they can work virtually anywhere, anytime;
- Increased productivity — IBM’s flexibility/mobility options ensure that employees don’t lose valuable, productive time because they can’t get online or access the systems they need, no matter where they are;
- Greater cost efficiencies — through a combination of consolidation of servers and support, coupled with automation and simplification of IT processes;
- Ability to collaborate — internally as well as with external partners and suppliers; and
- Improved sustainability — through consolidation of servers, resulting in less power consumption and a smaller space footprint.
Key IT projects that will assist to deliver on the above objectives include an upgrade to the organisation’s Cisco Call Manager system, both network and infrastructure upgrades and implementation of visitor wireless and rogue wireless detection. The most significant project in 2010 for Stuart and his team will be the commissioning of the $80 million IBM Reliability Level 3+ datacentre, at Highbrook Business Park in Auckland.
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