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Opus International Consultants

Opus International Consultants

2007 ranking: 58

Senior IS executive: Neil Kane, IT manager Reports to: CFO

Size of IS shop: 30

PCs: 2200

Mobile PCs: 360

Terminals: 0

Hand-held devices: 100

Total screens: 2660

Industry: Business management and

scientifi c services

PC environment: Windows XP, Dell

Server environment: Debian Linux, Windows, Dell

DBMS: MySQL, Oracle, SQL

Address: 100 Willis Street, Wellingon

Website: www.opus.co.nz

Key IS projects this year: Integration of acquisitions

GROWTH THROUGH ACQUISITION and organic growth in New

Zealand, Australia, Canada and the UK is part of the buzz at engineering

consultancy business Opus International Consultants.

IT manager Neil Kane says managing the consequences of growth

targets is the key IT challenge faced by Opus. From an IT perspective,

he says standardised systems and processes are important to

help facilitate growth and ease the integration of new business acquisitions.

“Sound, basic systems are essential to allowing our staff to deliver

innovative solutions for the thousands of projects we do each year,”

says Kane.

Maintaining an up-to-date standard desktop confi guration, an effective

WAN across four countries and 90 sites, good security, reliable

back-offi ce systems and effective user support will continue to absorb

most of the IT effort.

Kane says the Opus IT team of 30 is presently contemplating the

transition to new technologies such as VoIP, widespread videoconferencing

and ‘one phone’ solutions in order to minimise overall ICT costs.

Whilst these technologies are expected to deliver business benefi ts

including reduced costs and improved collaboration, implementation

and management will continue to be time consuming, says Kane.

Along with VoIP implementation, this year Opus will focus on routine

hardware upgrades, continuing implementation of a CRM system,

expanded use of core fi nancial and project management systems, while

continuing to realise the benefi ts of server virtualisation. Improved

knowledge management systems together with disaster

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