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PGG Wrightson

PGG Wrightson

2007 ranking: 49

Senior IS executive: Bruce Tinsley, CIO Reports to: Chief financial officer

Size of IS shop: 18

PCs: 1260

Mobile PCs: 1400

Terminals: 900

Hand-held devices: 70

Total screens: 3630

Industry: Agriculture

PC environment: Windows XP, CE

Server environment: Windows 2003, HP

DBMS: SQL

Address: 149 Vogel Street, Dunedin

Website: www.pggwrightson.co.nz

Key IS projects this year: Virtualisation; systems management; user

provisioning; business continuity and disaster recovery.

SINCE THE 2006 merger between Pyne Gould Guinness (PGG) and New

Zealand rural servicing provider Wrightson, board and management

attention has been focused on bringing the operations together, while

ensuring continuity and performance for clients. Businesses within

PGG Wrightson are now reorganised into three operating groups: Rural

Services, Financial Services and Technology Services.

In February, PGG Wrightson announced a 68 per cent jump in halfyear

profi t to $34.6 million for the six months to 31 December 2007,

compared with $20.6 million for the previous first half. Revenue was up

16.5 per cent to $609.2 million from the previous first half’s $523 million.

Chairman Craig Norgate says the result reflected strong returns

from New Zealand Farming Systems Uruguay and improved underlying

performance offset poor sheep prices. Chief executive Barry Brook

says benefits from the dairy boom were helping to counter the impact

of tough times in the sheep and beef sector.

PGG Wrightson gained a new chief executive in March — Tim Miles, a

former chief executive at Vodafone New Zealand.

CIO Bruce Tinsley says this year priority ICT projects are server

virtualisation, systems management and user provisioning; disaster

recovery and business continuity are also on the agenda.

Investments will be made in the PGG Wrightson ERP system. ICT

projects over the past 12 months have included business intelligence,

fi nancial reporting and CRM implementations and upgrades. Other key

projects continue to be fi eld force mobility and website development.

PGG Wrightson has adopted a Telecom OneOffi ce solution and

primarily runs a thin client, Citrix operating system environment on HP

Blade servers. The company avoids outsourcing ICT operations and

functions, employing 18 ICT staff in-house to manage functions across

the organisation. Tinsley says availability of skilled ICT staff, particularly

in Dunedin, is an ongoing concern.

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