Size of IS shop: 52
Mobile PCs: 200
Terminals: Not known
Hand-held devices: 400
Total screens: 1800
Industry: Transport and warehousing
PC environment: Linux; Windows 2000, XP; Compaq; Dell; IBM
Server environment: AIX; Linux; Sun; Windows 2000, 2003, NT; IBM; HP
DBMS: DB2, Oracle, SQL
Address: Smales Farm Taharoto Road Takapuna North Shore City Auckland
Key IS projects this year: Not disclosed.
KiwiRail is being run by an establishment board chaired by former National Party prime minister Jim Bolger.
“The key to lifting KiwiRail’s revenue and profitability is improving customer service,” said Bolger in a press statement from the KiwiRail website.
In July 2008, the government paid $690 million to purchase the transport assets of Toll Holdings, less its trucking and distribution operations, and renamed them KiwiRail. OnTrack is the name of the infrastructure business, and KiwiRail the operating business. Both KiwiRail and OnTrack are now units of NZ Railways.
In March, OnTrack public affairs manager Kevin Ramshaw told ComputerWorld OnTrack is seeking a CIO. “The bringing together of the rail operating business and rail infrastructure business gives us a number of IT challenges, and the appointment of a CIO is a realisation of the importance of the issue,” he said.
In the same article KiwiRail CEO Jim Quinn said: “The person I am looking for will understand legacy technology issues and have the strategic ability to plot our course to become a business with technology that delivers information reliably with flexibility, most efficiently”. In September last year, KiwiRail service delivery manager Gerard Keenan told Computerworld that KiwiRail effectively had a 12-month window to make the change to an enterprise-level financial system. He said there was a short-list of three vendors with which KiwiRail’s predecessors had had previous experience. At that time OnTrack was using SAP.
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