Size of IS shop: 23
Mobile PCs: 1240
Hand-held devices: 395
Total screens: 1951
Industry: Business management and scientific services
PC environment: Windows XP, Lenovo, Dell
Server environment: HP; Windows 2003, 2008
DBMS: Lotus Notes, SQL
Address: PricewaterhouseCoopers Tower, 188 Quay Street, Auckland
Key IS projects this year: Implementation of a SAN, centralisation of infrastructure and virtualisation; upgrade Office and Lotus Notes; implement an in-house application for performing audits.
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) will use technology to become more innovative in 2010, says national IT manager and security officer Vijay Patel. “By thinking outside the square, the firm is looking to provide new solutions and services.”
The global financial crisis hit PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the organisation is still rebounding. Although ICT projects planned for 2010 have been carefully considered, investment has continued. However, the company’s quarterly Clever Companies Insight revealed that New Zealand businesses are “cautiously optimistic” and are once again “actively looking at different ways to ensure sustainable business growth”.
The national IT manager and security officer Vijay Patel’s team of 23, operating out of both Auckland and Wellington, have a broad portfolio of projects on which to focus this year. The IS department will work to centralise the company’s infrastructure, as well as complete server and desktop virtualisation rollouts. Organisational streamlining and process efficiency will be realised through the implementation of a storage area network, that is expected to achieve significant ROI for the financial advisory organisation in New Zealand. “PwC will also be upgrading Microsoft Office and Lotus Notes, and will implement an in-house application for performing audits,” explains Patel.
Additionally, developments will occur within the company’s CRM system and work will take place across several key technology areas, including unified communications, VoIP, knowledge management and wireless.
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