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New Zealand Steel

New Zealand Steel

2007 ranking: 88

Senior IS executive: Alister Park, information systems manager Reports to: Vice president finance

Size of IS shop: 54

PCs: 1163

Mobile PCs: 231

Terminals: 16

Hand-held devices: 28

Total screens: 1438

Industry: Manufacturing

PC environment: Windows 2000, XP; Dell, IBM

Server environment: MCP, Netware, Red Hat Linux, Sun, Windows

2003, HP, IBM

DBMS: Access, DMS, Oracle, SQL

Address: Mission Bush Road, Glenbrook, Auckland

Website: www.nzsteel.co.nz

Key IS projects this year: Not disclosed.

CONTROLLING COSTS WHILST achieving business targets around

production, quality, costs and market share is high on the agenda

for New Zealand Steel, owned by publicly listed Australian parent

company BlueScope Steel.

BlueScope is in the process of moving its Lysaght business onto

the supply chain software systems that came as part of its $700

million acquisition of Smorgon Steel last year. It also wrote off $11

million for the capitalised value of the Movex enterprise resource

planning system used in its Lysaght building products group. Movex

was being moved aside to make way for a SAP supply chain system

already developed for Smorgon Steel.

Chief executive Paul O’Malley told Australian news media Smorgon

was a good distribution business with a relatively well-developed

SAP system supporting a “quite good” supply chain. O’Malley said

it would take 12 to 24 months to migrate Lysaght to the Smorgon

systems.

BlueScope already uses SAP systems at its Port Kembla Steel

unit, Australian manufacturing and New Zealand steel businesses.

O’Malley said this meant Smorgon’s distribution systems know-how

could be incorporated without wholesale changes at those units.

Murray Lye, the former manager of information systems for New

Zealand Steel has moved to another part of the organisation and

is now leading a major non-IT project for the company. Alister Park

took over his role.

In 2007, NZ Steel invested in VoIP technologies for its large site at

Glenbrook and three smaller satellite sites, with a view to improved

business collaboration and unified messaging. 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.

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