Size of IS shop: 45
Mobile PCs: 290
Hand-held devices: 250
Total screens: 2230
Industry: Business management and scientific services
PC environment: Windows XP, HP
Server environment: Windows 2003, HP
DBMS: Oracle, PostGres, SQL
Address: Level 5 Tower Block, Ruakura Research Centre, Hamilton
Key IS projects this year: Business process efficiency; record management.
In 2010, a key focus of the 45-member AgResearch IT department will be on improving the efficiency of business processes, with business process efficiency and records management being two areas of particular note.
The team, led by Dr Philip Lindsay, a PhD holder in combined chemistry and computing, will be working on several business enabling technologies this year, including unified communications, virtualisation, cloud computing and business continuity and disaster recovery.
Having recently completed a major upgrade of its videoconferencing technology solution with Canon and Tandberg, AgResearch is already reaping many benefits of the scalable solution, including cost savings and better sustainability. Staff travel has been reduced considerably, and as Dr Lindsay explained, “This is a major step for AgResearch as it reduces our carbon footprint and the impact on the environment we work rigorously to preserve”. Lindsay’s team carefully evaluated the video conferencing market for two years before selecting the ideal solution — one that will grow with the needs of New Zealand’s largest Crown Research Institute (CRI) and allow for quick adoption by staff across the organisation.
Cost management is particularly important to AgResearch as a CRI, as Dr Lindsay told CIO in February: “We have more than 400 specialist applications, but within the standard office functions we have a very standardised environment. That’s allowed us to manage our costs very well. Our TCO (total cost of ownership) is quite low by industry standards.”
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