Senior IS executive: Dr Phillip Lindsay,chief information officer Reports to: CEO
Size of IS shop: 46
Mobile PCs: 290
Hand-held devices: 75
Total screens: 1805
Industry: Business management and scientific services
PC environment: Windows XP, HP
Server environment: Windows 2003, Linux, Intel, AMD
DBMS: SQL, PostGres, Oracle, MySQL
Address: Ruakura Research Centre, East Street, Hamilton
Key IS projects this year: Virtualisation migration; centralised storage
upgrade, remote access review and expanding collaboration tools
across the organisation; document management; supercomputer
installation; implementation of SCCM application management tool.
PROVIDING FACILITIES THAT will allow its research programme to
remain leading edge is among the 2008 objectives of AgResearch, a
crown-owned research and development company. Challenges include
the need to improve customer management, lower transaction costs
and improve access to organisational knowledge assets. Maintaining
focus on high performance computing is a key strategic goal of the
AgResearch ICT team, led by CIO Dr Phillip Lindsay.
This year AgResearch plans to introduce a unified communication
strategy incorporating video conferencing equipment and associated
desktop tools. Dr Lindsay says implementation of a company-wide
document management system is also planned, as is expanding the
organisation’s storage area network to accommodate growth in data
requirements across the organisation. AgResearch has also initiated a
remote access review, as well as beginning a super-computer installation
and implementation of a SCCM application management tool.
Dr Lindsay says ongoing ICT challenges include the demand for
improved data security solutions, the need for ongoing infrastructure
upgrades and a huge increase in storage requirements.
Server virtualisation is an ongoing project, as is the continued
rollout of wireless and VoIP technologies — all of which reduce costs
and increase effi ciencies across the organisation.
Dr Lindsay says any change in the telecommunications environment
that results in wider adoption of broadband, particularly in the rural sector,
will deliver advantage in terms of AgResearch’s ability to deliver information
products to the pastoral sector.
AgResearch is a light outsourcer, with only PC maintenance
outsourced to HP.
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