New Zealand Racing Board

New Zealand Racing Board

2007 ranking: 46

Senior IS executive: Glenn Myers, chief information officer (acting) Reports to: Graeme Hansen, CEO

Size of IS shop: 75

PCs: 450

Mobile PCs: 160

Terminals: 2000

Hand-held devices: 40

Total screens: 2650

Industry: Arts, entertainment and recreation

PC environment: Windows 2000, XP; Silicon Systems; Sony Vaio;

Toshiba; Dell

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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