Senior IS executive: David Hollies, ITS manager Reports to: Brad Cranston, general manager
Size of IS shop: 9
Mobile PCs: 40
Hand-held devices: 290
Total screens: 1256
Industry: Wholesale and retail trade
PC environment: Windows 2000, NT, XP; IBM
Server environment: Novell, IBM
DBMS: Progress, Oracle, Foxpro
Address: 78 Carbine Road, Mt Wellington, Auckland
Key IS projects this year: Inventory; Cognos; POS.
HOME IMPROVEMENTS BUSINESS Bunnings is a fully-owned
subsidiary of Bunnings Group in Australia, which is in turn a subsidiary
of the Perth-based conglomerate Wesfarmers.
Key ICT objectives in New Zealand include a store network upgrade,
recruitment and retention strategies, and inventory management.
Challenges include the current economic conditions, particularly within
the retail sector, and a shortage of skilled ICT labour. These pressures
may result in some reduction in capital for store and support-offi ce
Key ICT projects in the coming year include Oracle ERP and FMIS
system upgrades, software and server virtualisation, implementation
and extension of wireless technologies and a major upgrade of store
networks and point of sale systems.
Bunnings IT systems are managed from the Bunnings Support Centre
in Perth and IT purchasing leverage is gained from this. The business
uses Cognos business intelligence and reporting software on top of
Oracle data warehousing tools for inventory visibility.
The point of sale system is proprietary, but is in the process of being
migrated to the Bunnings Australia Point of Sale Software, BPOS.
Internet trading software run from Australia is used for all purchase
orders and for access to supplier price lists. It is also a forum for
electronic invoicing between the business and its suppliers. Other einiatives
include development of a trade-focused web site to allow
tradesmen access to pricing and online ordering.
Bunnings uses the Telecom One Offi ce data network and has a VoIPcapable
Alcatel PABX. It is a keen outsourcer — IBM is used for host
and PC maintenance, Revera for HR payroll system hosting and Plan B
for Business Continuity. Gen-i manages email and Telecom manages
the data network