Size of IS shop: 68
Mobile PCs: 350
Hand-held devices: 50
Total screens: 2705
PC environment: HP, Windows XP
Server environment: HP, Windows 2000, 2003, XP; VMS
Address: Level 2, 110 Customs Street West, Viaduct, Auckland
Key IS projects this year: Newspaper production systems replacement; datacentre consolidation; financial systems replacement.
The Fairfax Media IT team is kept busy optimising operational efficiency across the organisation, while always looking to improve service delivery.
Group operations manager Nigel Bailey says Fairfax management continues to invest in technologies that deliver improved cost-efficiencies and superior service to customers.
While ICT project and staff levels are slightly down on last year, IT operational budgets remain steady. In 2009, Fairfax is investigating CRM systems and solutions, and considering the merits of VoIP technologies and infrastructure. Independently of this, the organisation is implementing unified communications technologies to realise communication and cost efficiencies for internal and external calling and other forms of communication.
Improved and extended mobilisation is also on the agenda, with mobile technology and application possibilities particularly relevant to media organisations and their staff, says Bailey.
The most significant projects in terms of IT budget for Fairfax in 2009 are pre-press integration and consolidation, IT transformation and implementation of new group AR and circulation systems.
The company is adopting a common platform for pre-press areas, including an ad tracking and management system, page management and digital asset management systems. The project will allow a consolidation and integration of pre-press functions, processes, resources and workflow across the Fairfax Media New Zealand Group.
Fairfax is also moving towards an enterprise architecture model, expected to be completed by January 2010. Key aspects of this project include datacentre migration, server consolidation and application rationalisation/thin client delivery.
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