Suncorp Group

Suncorp Group

2007 ranking: 55

Senior IS executive: Aaron Barreto, executive manager, NZ operations Reports to: Paul Cameron, executive general manager, business technology infrastructure

Size of IS shop: 180

PCs: 650

Mobile PCs: 320

Terminals: 1200

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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