Vector(MIS100 2009)

Vector(MIS100 2009)

2008 ranking: 79

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

Size of IS shop: 45

PCs: 795

Mobile PCs: 340

Terminals: 441

Hand-held devices: 564

Total screens: 2140

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: ERP consolidation (JDE to SAP); gas registry; sale of Wellington electricity network; inventory and procurement asset management; information security; outsourcing of commodity IT to Datacom; information delivery.

ICT budgets and project budgets are up slightly for Vector in 2009, and IT staff numbers have increased by between 5 and 10 per cent in the past 12 months. This is supportive of Vector’s ongoing work in the areas of data security, ERP and asset management, knowledge management and business intelligence system upgrades, as well as software and server virtualisation projects common to most organisations. New in 2009, is work in the area of unified communications.

In recent years, Vector has completed upgrades to its SAP ERP and Siebel CRM systems, while also consolidating financial systems, inventory and procurement systems. Last year there was a major review of the ICT processes and capabilities and the disaster recovery requirements were articulated in a impact assessment.

Andries van der Westhuizen, general manager IT, is responsible for all aspects of information technology within Vector, including strategy, governance and risk, portfolio management and project implementation, operations and services and information security.

He has been with Vector since 1997, during which time he has led projects to separate Mercury Energy and Vector information systems and to merge UnitedNetworks and NGC legacy systems.

In 2008 van der Westhuizen said a constant challenge was regulation and compliance constraints and the need to work within the boundaries set down by the government and the Commerce Commission. The economic slowdown and the impact of this on general business, was cited as a further challenge.

Vector has outsourced commodity IT partially to Datacom.

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