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Vector

Vector

2007 ranking: 71

Senior IS executive: Andries van der Westhuizen, general manager IT Reports to: Simon MacKenzie, group chief executive officer

Size of IS shop: 55

PCs: 1040

Mobile PCs: 235

Terminals: 0

Hand-held devices: 180

Total screens: 1455

Industry: Utilities and waste management

PC environment: Windows XP, HP, Toshiba

Server environment: Windows 2003, HP

DBMS: SQL, Oracle

Address: 101 Carlton Gore Road, Newmarket, Auckland

Website: www.vector.co.nz

Key IS projects this year: Inventory and procurement; asset

management system; server consolidation and virtualisation; business

information.

VECTOR HAS EIGHT main offices and some 20 satellite offices

containing between two and 10 people. Budget priorities for 2008

are focused on ICT projects that deliver value to the business.

Andries van der Westhuizen, general manager IT says Vector tries to ensure

ICT use is simple for staff and through system consolidation further

reduces cost.

Vector has completed upgrades to its SAP ERP and Siebel CRM

systems. Consolidation of financial systems and inventory and procurement

systems into SAP is currently underway. Vector will also begin

to consolidate and improve its asset management systems this year,

consolidating processes and realigning them to company goals.

The complexity introduced by mergers will also ensure that IT infrastructure

and security gets its fair share of attention.

A VoIP platform exists, however this is not rolled out across the group.

Van der Westhuizen says while Vector will investigate the benefits of

increasing the footprint of VoIP within the organisation, no deployment

is planned within the coming 12 months. Similarly, he says while

knowledge management tools have been implemented, each knowledge

management initiative now needs its own business case.

On the telecommunications front, Vector Communications provides

telecommunication services to the wider Vector Group and manages

third-party supplier relationships with Telecom, TelstraClear and

Vodafone.

Vodafone 3G services are presently used for fault management

communications with field crew, with information dispatched to

the field and received over mobile devices equipped with mobile application

software Dexterra. Vector is a moderate IT outsourcer, with host

and PC maintenance partly outsourced to Datacom.

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