Senior IS executive: Aaron Barreto, executive manager, NZ operations Reports to: Paul Cameron, executive general manager, business technology infrastructure
Size of IS shop: 180
Mobile PCs: 320
Hand-held devices: 25
Total screens: 2195
Industry: Finance and insurance
PC environment: Windows 2000, XP; IBM; Dell; Wyse
Server environment: AIX; HP Unix; OS400; Windows 2000, 2003;
Citrix; Dell; IBM
DBMS: DB2, Oracle, SQL, Informix
Address: 48 Shortland Street, Auckland
Key IS projects this year: Integration of legacy systems with Suncorp-
Metway systems; IP telephony.
SUNCORP GROUP — which includes New Zealand’s largest composite
insurance group (general insurance and life insurance) — was de-listed
as a public company in 2007 following its takeover by Suncorp-Metway
for NZ$8.6 billion.
Suncorp will continue to pursue a greater presence in the New
Zealand broker market and direct markets and says regulation, taxation
and the introduction of the KiwiSaver scheme are expected to create
future growth opportunities.
Executive management changes in the past 12 months include the departure
of former Promina New Zealand CIO Rob Flannagan, now CEO of Tower
New Zealand, and the appointment of Aaron Barreto, executive manager
New Zealand operations.
Barreto says key ICT projects for the coming year understandably
include integration of legacy Promina systems with Suncorp-Metway
systems. Investigation and investment in VoIP technologies and IP
telephony systems are also on the agenda.
Suncorp-Metway chief executive John Mulcahy has singled out the
performance of the company’s information technology department as
crucial to the success of its integration of Promina, reports MIS Australia,
a sister publication of CIO New Zealand. He places the integration
costs of bringing the Promina business into Suncorp-Metway at about
A$355 million, with around 50 per cent of that allocated to systems
Mulcahy said consolidation of assets, including technology, will reap pretax
savings of about A$225 million. The resulting centralised ICT function
will provide reliable ICT systems and bring about cost-effective delivery
to business units and generate revenue through technological innovation.
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