MIS100 2009:Bubbling under

MIS100 2009:Bubbling under

These are the organisations just outside the 100 – watch out for them next year.

Hide details for Suncorp GroupSuncorp Group

Senior IS executive: Andrew Diver, CIO, Vero New Zealand

Total screens: 1205

Industry: Finance and insurance


Suncorp Group (NZ) includes well-known brands such as Vero Insurance, Tyndall Investments, Asteron, Guardian Trust, Autosure, Comprehensive Travel and Mariner Insurance. It will continue to pursue a greater presence in the New Zealand broker market and direct markets; saying regulation, taxation and the introduction of the KiwiSaver scheme are expected to create future growth opportunities.

Suncorp executive management changes in the past six months include the departure of CEO John Mulcahy and the appointment of Chris Skilton as acting CEO.

Andrew Diver leads New Zealand technology operations and acts as both CIO for Vero New Zealand and executive general manager for Suncorp’s technology operations here.

Diver reports to Jeff Smith, group executive, business technology. He says key ICT projects for the coming year are the adoption, rollout and proficiency of Agile delivery practices and the adoption and utilisation of open-source technologies.

Hide details for Kristin SchoolKristin School

Senior IS executive: Jason MacDonald, director ICT services

Total screens: 1724

Industry: Educational services


The ongoing goal of Kristin School, located in Albany on Auckland’s North Shore, is to ensure it has superior facilities to meet student learning and development needs. Jason MacDonald, director ICT services, heads up an IT team of 11.

He says current investment in infrastructure and ICT services at Kristin includes new buildings, VoIP and wi-fi technologies, along with continued development of the Learning and Course Management System. In 2009, specific attention will be given to the redesign of enterprise architecture to support new education paradigms. Another point of focus is the development of a community portal to augment existing website and online communication and collaboration platforms.

This year, Kristin will expand its use of the Kiwi Advanced Research and Education Network, with a focus on teaching and learning benefits that advanced networking can offer, says MacDonald. “We are also continuing development and new feature implementation of Synergetic as our Student Management System, and have implemented stage one of an Identify and Access Management Platform for distributed identity lifecycle management.”

Hide details for New Zealand SteelNew Zealand Steel

Senior IS executive: Alister Park, manager information systems

Total screens: 1443

Industry: Manufacturing


NZ Steel is in the midst of a core LAN upgrade and complete server virtualisation project. Controlling costs whilst achieving business targets around production, quality and market share is important to New Zealand Steel, which is owned by publicly-listed Australian parent company BlueScope Steel.

While NZ Steel has enjoyed a strong domestic market in recent years, a less than favourable foreign exchange rate continues to affect export income, particularly in the current economic climate. Timely and accurate information coupled with reliable and effective computing business systems, is therefore considered a competitive advantage.

NZ Steel has VoIP technologies for its site at Glenbrook and three smaller satellite sites. Mobile and wireless technologies are also important, with onsite shift team leaders staying in contact via cellular mobile technologies and radios. Use of smart phones is further improving management mobility and on-site wireless networks are also used. E-business initiatives give customers the ability to directly place and monitor orders, while a B2B system links NZ Steel with customer and supplier systems.

Hide details for Manukau City CouncilManukau City Council

Senior IS executive: Colin Smith, chief information officer

Total screens: 1733

Industry: Government and defence


Key business objectives for the Manukau City Council (MCC) in the next 12 months include delivery of affordable, quality outcomes and services to the community, in alignment with the council’s long-term plan. CIO Colin Smith says the challenge is to meet the increasing community expectations, whilst maintaining financial sustainability and avoiding the need for further rate increases. “When faced with increasing external cost pressures, council expects areas such as the Information Management department to deliver more without requiring any additional resources,” says Smith. In light of changes to Auckland governance, MCC is reprioritising ICT projects and work programmes, but at the same time, maintaining focus on continuing to deliver a high quality of service to customers.

Hide details for Housing New Zealand CorporationHousing New Zealand Corporation

Senior IS executive: Mark Corbitt, information technology manager

Total screens: 1390

Industry: Health and community services


Housing NZ owns the state housing portfolio and its main activity is the provision of rental housing. Mark Corbitt is the new IT manager, taking over the role from Rob Herries. Under its three-year Risk Management Plan, HNZC seeks to incorporate best practice into its culture. Towards this, opportunities for operational efficiency and effectiveness are being captured and there is a focus on the quality and stability of information and associated systems. The Corporation will consider implementing electronic learning systems to help frontline staff access information to support them in their job. Introduction of the data warehouse in 2007 has made a significant difference to the provision of quality, timely and accurate reporting and analysis.

Hide details for Stella Travel ServicesStella Travel Services

Senior IS executive: Dhaya Sivakumar, general manager information technology

Total screens: 1490

Industry: Business management and scientific services


The travel industry is heavily dependent on ICT to access and deliver content, says Dhaya Sivakumar, general manager information technology, Stella Travel Services.

In 2009, Stella Travel Services will invest in significant ICT projects including content aggregation, point-of-sale sales software and technology, along with new ICT systems to support fares and ticketing. Despite a slight decrease in ICT budgets and staffing, the company will also invest further in business intelligence tools, mobilisation technologies and applications, along with utility computing.

The infrastructure consolidation and virtualisation projects undertaken over the past 18 months, now allow Stella to utilise centralised assets to change the way the workforce is used. Attaching mobile communications technology to the new infrastructure will allow broader use of teleworking and give the business flexibility in the way it can deploy its workforce, says Sivakumar. Stella will also make use of Citrix products, combined with Telecom’s new mobile network and One Office, to deliver the end system.

Hide details for Diocesan School for GirlsDiocesan School for Girls

Senior IS executive: Craig Harrison, information systems manager

Total screens: 1727

Industry: Education services


Diocesan School for Girls will provide the best in academic, cultural and sporting facilities and resources.

Challenges include achieving more personalised communication with stakeholders through web portals, as well as increasing risk management in an education environment experiencing reduced government funding and increased competition. “The falling New Zealand dollar is increasing our cost of ICT purchasing, whereas budgets are reducing due to current economic climate,” says IS manager Craig Harrison.

To address these challenges, he says 2009 will see further development of Diocesan’s web portal access to information, along with development of DR capabilities.

Each year, obsolete staff laptops are replaced along with an annual intake of more than 200 new students with laptops. Harrison says protecting the network from malware and risks is always high on the list of priorities, and solutions from Trend Micro and SurfControl are used to secure the network. The 2008 deployment of Microsoft Vista with its enhanced security features, has also had a positive impact on the security of the network.

Hide details for Turners and GrowersTurners and Growers

Senior IS executive: Martyn Seddon, general manager of information systems

Total screens: 1230

Industry: Wholesale and retail trade


Turners and Growers uses ICT systems and processes to meet the changing requirements of its multiple businesses and customers with speed and precision. The company is committed to creating a business environment that allows its several business units to act as one and collaborate. Better inter-business communication and process improvements are expected as a result, and will be supported by more consolidated SAP ERP system integration, and customer focus via portal and online service initiatives.

Martyn Seddon, general manager of information systems, says Turners and Growers is reducing non-critical spending. “So there is no budget reduction as such, but we need to ensure that if we’re spending then the items are critical.

“In the past 12 months Turners and Growers has increased investment in SAP systems and software, and has an ongoing extension of wireless technologies throughout the business. While these areas of investment will continue this year, it will also be re-visiting business processes within SAP and stream-lining them to gain a more integrated business system,” says Seddon.

Hide details for BunningsBunnings

Senior IS executive: David Hollies, ITS manager

Total screens: 1316

Industry: Wholesale and retail trade


Business objectives for Bunnings in the next 12 months include excellence in team recruitment and retention, inventory management and store processing and efficiencies. ITS manager David Hollies says IT helps the business achieve its objectives and provides competitive advantage by allowing his team to work smarter. Key ICT projects last year included Oracle ERP and FMIS system upgrades, software and server virtualisation, implementation and extension of wireless technologies and a major upgrade of store networks and point of sale systems. IT systems are managed from the Bunnings Support Centre in Perth.

Bunnings uses Cognos business intelligence and reporting software on top of Oracle data warehousing tools for inventory visibility.

Hide details for Hawkes Bay District Health BoardHawkes Bay District Health Board

Senior IS executive: Jo-Ann Jacobson, CIO

Total screens: 1263

Industry: Health and community services


Hawkes Bay District Health Board CIO Jo-Ann Jacobson says HBDHB has a significant focus on improved sustainability as part of its Future Directions Plan, and IS will redesign decision support and information management practices to establish a corporate services business intelligence function. It will also invest in IS development on document/content management, ITIL implementation and network upgrades. As Central Region Chair, she says Central Region CIOs are promoting a regional ICT roadmap to support regional clinical services. They have also identified the need for regional governance and resourcing functions to drive the Health Information Strategy, achieve economies of scale and promote sustainability.

Hide details for Bay of Plenty PolytechnicBay of Plenty Polytechnic

Senior IS executive: Rabindra Das, IT manager

Total screens: 1138

Industry: Education services


IT manager Rabindra Das says the polytechnic has a number of key strategic partnerships under development, including one with the University of Waikato, which has led to integration and key shared services. Examples include shared network access, library access, video conferencing and hardware procurement between the polytechnic and University of Waikato. Das says another key strategic goal is the development of closer realationships with ICT vendors to leverage vendor skills and ensure vendors provide more value added services and can partner at a higher level. He says the ISS team will partner with fewer more strategic vendors to provide solutions to assist in developing competitive e-learning and flexible learning products and services. ICT helps the polytechnic to develop competitive e-learning products and simplify business processes to achieve competitive advantage. Current challenges include managing change and securing funding for application development, infrastructure and ICT facilities. In the next 12 to 18 months, major ICT projects include development of student management information systems, CRM software developments, a virtual reality hub, audio visual streaming servers and a financial software upgrade.

Hide details for Television NZTelevision NZ

Senior IS executive: Damian Swaffield, general manager technology

Total screens: 1603

Industry: Information


Cost efficiency and the need to do more with less are key points of focus for TVNZ. ICT tools and systems deliver the resources, skills and support for the appropriate levels of governance and intellectual thinking a digital media organisation like TVNZ relies upon, says CIO Damian Swaffield. He says broadcast and IT based technologies sit at the heart of the media revolution, both in emerging business channels such as online, video on demand and IPTV as well as in the core of video processing for linear TV. IT systems are needed to manage and store content as well as deliver it to audiences. ICT continues to implement business supporting projects such as digital transformation of the content value chain with workflow-driven, digital asset management systems to replace manual tape-based business processes; as well as a transformation of the advertising sales business through replacement systems and technology, and continued investment in the online products. Also planned are investments in networking technologies to support the move to a digital workflow, along with storage, virtualisation and wireless technologies.

Hide details for Tyco Fire & SecurityTyco Fire & Security

Senior IS executive: Antony Mayo, group IT manager NZ

Total screens: 1254

Industry: Manufacturing


Organic growth is a major focus for Tyco Fire & Security New Zealand, which provides electronic security systems, fire protection, detection and suppression systems; sprinklers and fire extinguishers; and security services.

Tyco Fire & Security has completed implementation of cash parcel track-and-tracing via GPRS wireless technologies and mobile devices. Other achievements included completion of a major implementation in conjunction with the NZ Fire Service in which new technologies were used to increase the reliability of signals received from fire and safety alert panels on buildings.

In 2009, the company is focused on cash processing, workforce management and data management systems; and an internet access and security upgrade.

Customer interface initiatives are also planned.

Hide details for Coca-Cola Amatil Coca-Cola Amatil

Senior IS executive: Donna Wright, CIO

Total screens: 1355

Industry: Manufacturing


Attracting, developing and retaining high-calibre people, accelerating growth and investing in new beverage categories and acquisitions are key organisational goals for Coca Cola Amatil in 2009. The company has to deal with the impact of the recession on its internal costs as well as how its retail customers and consumers purchasing behaviours are affected, says CIO Donna Wright. From an ICT perspective she says a key focus is to review the number of ICT vendors the organisation deals with. Overall ICT strategy is focused on application rationalisation through implementation of SAP technologies. The largest ICT projects by budget for 2009 are development of a mobile sales force tool, a call centre technology upgrade and expansion and integration of VOIP technology.

Hide details for Statistics New ZealandStatistics New Zealand

Senior IS executive: Matjaz Jug, chief information officer

Total screens: 1650

Industry: Government and defence


the ICT team at Statistics NZ is focused on projects including systems in support of the census, development of statistical processing systems and data dissemination systems. Also on the agenda are integrated respondent management and strategies for the mitigation of business continuity risks related to legacy systems, and ongoing software and server virtualisation. CIO Matjaz Jug says facilitating ease of access to official statistics and internet data collection are among the challenges the IT team faces. ICT is needed to build a sustainable, technological platform, yet there is constant pressure to do this in the most cost effective way. The internal team maintains servers and PC hardware and outsourcing is used for extra support around some systems and network management.

Hide details for Tait ElectronicsTait Electronics

Senior IS executive: Frank Gebhardt, IT manager

Total screens: 1331

Industry: Manufacturing


A focus on specific market segments, public safety, utilities and public transport solutions are key directions for Tait Electronics in 2009. The company is also in the process of building a global service centre.

IT manager Frank Gebhardt says locally the Tait Electronics IT team is working on projects to increase the collaboration capabilities of the business, as well as those that provide better visibility of key performance indicators. There is also a desire to ensure processes and services work to ITIL standards where appropriate. Tait Electronics is a leading worldwide provider of radio communications solutions, which focus on the needs of public safety organisations, utilities and transport providers.

Work on business intelligence and CRM systems will also be prioritised for the current financial year. In 2008, Tactical CRM tools were implemented at regional customer service organisations – and consolidation of these tools is planned.

Other ICT objectives achieved in 2008 included server consolidation, developing systems and strategies to cope with data growth, as well as reviewing processes, policies and tools for data security.

As well, the ICT team continues its work to improve the online shopping experience for customers and the IT team will engage in website development using Web 2.0 technologies.

Hide details for MediaWorksMediaWorks

Senior IS executive: Paul Thompson, group IT manager

Total screens: 1420

Industry: Information


VoIP and unified communications are high on the MediaWorks ICT agenda for 2009. Group IT Manager Paul Thompson says the company is keen to benefit from the increased productivity unified communications can provide, and the cost savings associated with VoIP technologies and services.

From a business perspective, MediaWorks is working to increase revenue share through its television stations and national radio brands. There has also been a marked increase in online interaction between the company and its customers, leading to a significant focus on all online assets and activities.

Telecommunications services to MediaWorks are split between three separate suppliers, a less than ideal solution and a key driver for the move to a unified communications solution, says Thompson. Currently, WAN services are supplied by TelstraClear and phone services are moving to TelstraClear as the VOIP project is rolled out. Mobile services remain with Vodafone.

Unlike many organisations, MediaWorks is yet to be convinced of the cost justification of server virtualisation and wireless technologies, which can’t deliver the bandwidth required for TV and radio file transfers and streaming.

Hide details for Nelson Marlborough Institute of TechnologyNelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

Senior IS executives: Adri Noordover, IT network and technical manager; and Stephen Tanner, IT customer services manager

Total screens: 995

Industry: Educational services


NMIT seeks more accurate targeting and streamlined deployment and running of IT services, and easier access to services and information. IT network and technical manager Adri Noordover says better awareness and management of organisational cost and income structures is also sought.

In 2009, NMIT is focused on selecting and implementing a Service Oriented IT framework and supporting toolset. Other focus areas include implementation of a new finance and business intelligence system, implementation of unified messaging solutions, and extended use of national (Karen) and regional (The Loop) education networks for video conferencing and shared services. Upgrade of timetabling and student management systems is also occurring.

Software and server virtualisation is ongoing, and NMIT is extending wireless infrastructure throughout its campus to better meet student expectations. NMIT is also extending its e-business connections and developing improved web portal connections and business-to-business transaction platforms. The NMIT ITS team leader role has recently been split into two separate roles – Adri Noordover is IT network and technical manager; and Stephen Tanner is IT customer services manager.

Hide details for Restaurant Brands NZ Restaurant Brands NZ

Senior IS executive: Kerry Cross, information services manager

Total screens: 565

Industry Accommodation and food services

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Restaurant Brands New Zealand Limited operates the New Zealand outlets of KFC, Pizza Hut and Starbucks Coffee. Its core competency is taking the expertise and systems of its brand franchisors and applying it locally, to deliver both the food and the total experience on a consistent basis across the company.

Kerry Cross, information services manager, heads an ICT team of six. According to its website, Restaurant Brands says behind its success is the marshalling of business systems designed to facilitate the careful and intelligent procurement of quality ingredients. This includes efficient distribution to and through three retail networks, and the employment of advanced tracking technology to meticulously track and report on costs, sales, margins and replenishment.

In April, the New Zealand Herald reported Restaurant Brand directors were cautious about next year's outcomes, despite this year's trading results being satisfactory in the current environment and an improvement over the past two years' performance. The report said the company would evaluate some potential store sales to independent franchisees and continue its programme of unprofitable store closures.

Hide details for Ministry of Economic DevelopmentMinistry of Economic Development

Senior IS executive: Channa Jayasinha, chief technology officer

Total screens: 1435

Industry: Government and defence


The Ministry of Economic Development’s role is to help the government develop and implement business and consumer policies and services that will help New Zealand develop an internationally-competitive economy.

The aim of the communications and information technology team under chief technology officer Channa Jayasinha, is to maintain and improve a sound regulatory environment for ensuring reliable, innovative, efficient and reasonably-priced communications infrastructure services, as well as to promote the development and uptake of e-commerce, ICT skills, and ICT infrastructure.

Jayasinha says significant investment has been made in IT platforms in the past four years, and independent benchmarking recently found the Ministry’s core IT systems deliver good value and above-average performance.

“The security and stability of systems is an ongoing priority, with the 2008/09 IT work programme expected to deliver enhanced levels of preparedness and flexibility,” says Jayasinha.

In shaping its IT strategy, MED envisages a work programme that will provide investment in smart desktop, personal devices and telephony systems that allow people to be more mobile and productive. In particular, core information will be able to be accessed in more efficient and integrated ways.

MED will complete IT projects in the areas of unified communications and VoIP technologies, CRM and knowledge management systems, e-business and Web 2.0 strategies and organisational mobilisation. Significant areas of ICT expenditure include general infrastructure improvements; Companies Office application redevelopment (called Project Enterprise) and the replacement of IPONZ - the Intellectual Property office core business application.

Hide details for DeloitteDeloitte

Senior IS executive: Eugene Piercy, IT manager

Total screens: 1306

Industry: Business management and scientific services


Deloitte has more than 1000 specialists operating in quality professional services including audit, tax, technology and systems, risk management, corporate finance, recovery, forensics and business advisory services.

It has offices in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

Centralising knowledge and intellectual property is a key goal for Deloitte in 2009, says national IT manager Eugene Piercy.

He says key IT investments designed to leverage these goals include document management and unified communications systems, along with server virtualisation and consolidation. Other projects include a Windows Vista operating system upgrade, as well as relocation of the Deloitte Auckland and Hamilton offices.

While ICT budgets have decreased slightly from last year, ICT people numbers remain steady at the firm, reflecting its ongoing recognition of ICT as a platform for business excellence and outstanding client service delivery.

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