Senior IS executive: Neil Kane, IT manager Reports to: CFO
Size of IS shop: 30
Mobile PCs: 360
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
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,”
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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