Senior IS executive: Bruce Tinsley, CIO Reports to: Chief financial officer
Size of IS shop: 18
Mobile PCs: 1400
Hand-held devices: 70
Total screens: 3630
PC environment: Windows XP, CE
Server environment: Windows 2003, HP
Address: 149 Vogel Street, Dunedin
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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