Vector (MIS100 2010)

Vector (MIS100 2010)

2009 ranking: 72

Senior IS executive:
Andries van der Westhuizen, general manager, information technology Reports to: Group CEO

Size of IS shop: 46

PCs: 825

Mobile PCs: 444

Terminals: 482

Hand-held devices: 531

Total screens: 2282

Industry: Utilities and waste management

PC environment: HP, Dell, Toshiba, Windows

Server environment: HP, Windows

DBMS: Oracle, SQL

Address: 101 Carlton Gore Road, Newmarket, Auckland


Key IS projects this year: Datacentre consolidation; back-up and storage virtualisation to the next level to improve DR capability; database consolidation; Windows 7; various security projects.

“The challenge for IT is the balance between agile delivery and governance. This is achieved by challenging our processes to ensure we keep them streamlined and easy to understand,” says Andries van der Westhuizen, general manager of IT for Vector.

This applies to all ICT projects and areas of focus for the energy and fibre optics infrastructure company. Looking after information technology of the business lines in the Vector Group, and various external companies that maintain the Vector networks, requires strategic planning and organisation. To that end, “our focus is to ensure that we maximise IT investment and that the services we provide our internal customers align with their business plans,” explains van der Westhuizen.

A current infrastructure programme will deliver benefits and provide Vector with a solid foundation moving forward, incorporating datacentre consolidation, virtualisation, back-ups, along with storage and database consolidation. “All these initiatives will also improve security maturity and disaster recovery capabilities as we go forward,” says the CIO. “Outsourcing of ‘commodity IT’ proved to be a success after a year, and we are building on this success.”

Upgrades to Windows 7 have been initiated and should be completed across the organisation in 2010. Additionally, the IT team will continue to concentrate on improving information security across the company in 2010. As well, investments in ERP, business intelligence, CRM, VoIP, wireless, mobility and cloud computing technologies will also take place throughout the next 12 months.

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