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Mainfreight(MIS100 2009)

Mainfreight(MIS100 2009)

2008 ranking: 67

Senior IS executive: Kevin Drinkwater, CIO Reports to: CEO

Size of IS shop: 20

PCs: 908

Mobile PCs: 212

Terminals: 60

Hand-held devices: 697

Total screens: 1877

Industry: Transport and warehousing

PC environment: HP, Windows XP

Server environment: HP, Windows 2003

DBMS: SQL

Address: 2 Railway Lane, Otahuhu, Auckland

Website: www.mainfreight.com

Key IS projects this year: Warehouse management system (additional functionality); move domestic freight operational system to .NET; business intelligence.

Mainfreight seeks to maintain a position that enables it to weather current economic conditions, while keeping quality levels high.

Towards this, Mainfreight will provide more IT solutions this year to improve organisational efficiency says CIO Kevin Drinkwater. This includes a rollout of international systems to Asian and US operations, with 100 and 380 users respectively.

ICT budgets are down by between 5 and 10 per cent, including a more than 10 per cent decrease in ICT project budgets; however Mainfreight sees the wisdom in continuing and completing projects initiated in 2008. These include work in the areas of business intelligence systems, virtualisation, VoIP infrastructure and wireless technologies. E-business channels will also be developed and improved.

Drinkwater says the largest projects for 2009 are Mainfreight’s warehouse management system, international operations and financial systems rollout for Asia and the US, and infrastructure replacement for Mainfreight operations in Australia.

The warehouse management system project is a continuation of a $1 million rebuild in .NET technologies, of which Stage 1 was delivered in 2008. The current project build will use mobile devices and improve efficiencies in billing processes.

“Both of these systems will be further enhanced by adding BI to enable us to use the past to predict the future for our customers and ourselves. We will be pushing to move a lot more customers into the electronic environment where they either use our system to create their documentation or use their own and EDI the information to us. There is a lot to be gained by customers utilising more of what we can already provide them,” says Drinkwater.

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