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Television NZ(MIS100 2010)

Television NZ(MIS100 2010)

2009 ranking: Bubbling under

Senior IS executive: Peter Ennis, general manager — technology Reports to: Rodney Parker, CFO

Size of IS shop: 78

PCs: 1401

Mobile PCs: 277

Terminals: 240

Hand-held devices: 75

Total screens: 1993

Industry: Information

PC environment: Windows XP, 7, Vista; Apple; HP

Server environment: Windows 2000, 2003, 2008; Sun; HP; Linux

DBMS: SQL, Oracle, Ingres, MySQL

Address: 100 Victoria Street West, Auckland Central, Auckland

Website: www.tvnz.co.nz

Key IS projects this year: File based playout of TVOnce, 2, TVNZ 6 and 7; online enhancements.

As TVNZ is hit by falling advertising sales as a result of the recession, ICT budgets and projects are predicted to decrease in 2010 by 5 to 10 percent. Resources will be used strategically to enable business objectives going forward. A top project this year will be the introduction of file-based video playout across all channels, reducing costs and allowing TVNZ to refocus resources on developing and sourcing fresh content. The digital media organisation will be able to capture content once and then reuse it for different purposes and executions.

This year will see further development of TVNZ 6, the organisation’s newest digital channel and New Zealand’s first fully public service broadcasting channel. As well, there will be major enhancements to the TVNZ website and online functionality. Funding of digital channels TVNZ 6 and 7 will be reviewed next year, according to a report by The Independent. A new pay-tv channel, Heartland, will launch mid-year on the Sky Digital platform.

Overall, says Peter Ennis, general manager — technology, IT will be used “to drive capability, agility, efficiency and effectiveness in delivery content to New Zealanders”. To that end, investments will continue in several key technology areas, such as virtualisation, unified communications, mobility, complexity reduction and business intelligence. VoIP and cloud computing projects may be initiated this year, with significant cost savings to be realised as a result. Lastly, business continuity and disaster recovery will retain its focus over the coming year.

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