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Bunnings

Bunnings

2007 ranking: Unlisted

Senior IS executive: David Hollies, ITS manager Reports to: Brad Cranston, general manager

Size of IS shop: 9

PCs: 926

Mobile PCs: 40

Terminals: 0

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

Website: www.bunnings.co.nz

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

refurbishment.

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

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