Senior IS executive: Glenn Myers, chief information officer (acting) Reports to: Graeme Hansen, CEO
Size of IS shop: 75
Mobile PCs: 160
Hand-held devices: 40
Total screens: 2650
Industry: Arts, entertainment and recreation
PC environment: Windows 2000, XP; Silicon Systems; Sony Vaio;
Server environment: Linux; Novell; IBM, OS2; Windows 2000, 2003,
NT; Silicon systems; IBM; HP
DBMS: Oracle, SQL, Sybase
Address: 106-110 Jackson Street, Petone, Wellington
Key IS projects this year: Not disclosed.
THE NEW ZEALAND racing industry, which includes the racing of
thoroughbred and harness horses and greyhounds, generates around
$1.4 billion per year. The New Zealand Racing Board (NZRB) is the
organisation behind all New Zealand racing and betting and the owner
of the TAB brand.
The unaudited figures from NZRB for the first six months of the
2007 to 2008 season show that despite the challenges imposed by
the equine influenza outbreak in Australia, the business has continued
to deliver strong turnover growth to the industry. Total wagering turnover
has increased 6 per cent over the comparative period last season
to $797 million.
Operating surplus before industry expenditure has increased more
than 12 per cent for the six month period. A significant increase in the
export of New Zealand racing product to Australia, at the height of
the equine influenza threat, delivered international racing royalties in
excess of $8.9 million, 350 per cent above budget.
Glenn Myers is the acting CIO of the NZRB following the departure
of Chris Corke. In 2007 Corke said NZRB was interested in leveraging
ICT to create re-usable business value through keystone technology
changes. ICT projects in 2007 included investment in business intelligence
tools, a financial systems upgrade and evaluation of CRM system
options and benefits.
While investigation into VoIP technologies was
not a priority in 2007, investment continues in 802.11-based and cellular
wireless technologies. NZRB has also completed a disaster recovery
system upgrade and reviewed business continuity plans in 2007.
Most IT functions for the NZRB are performed in-house. An exception
is applications development which, last year, was partially outsourced
to developers Catalyst, Synergy and Optimation.
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