Senior IS executive: Eduard Walthert, MIS manager Reports to: Rob McFarlane, chief financial officer
Size of IS shop: 23
Mobile PCs: 300
Hand-held devices: 60
Total screens: 1260
PC environment: Windows 2000, XP; HP
Server environment: Windows 2000, 2003; HP
Address: 218 George Street, Dunedin
Key IS projects this year: MS Office 2007 rollout.
SILVER FERN FARMS is the new name for PPCS. The change is part
of a strategy to re-position PPCS — a meat-marketing and processing
company exporting sheep meat, beef, and venison to 60 countries
— as a fully integrated marketing company.
“Our ambition is for our Silver Fern brand to become New Zealand’s
preminum, international meat brand. Objectives of the IT team include
streamlining and simplifying business processes to improve customer
service,” says Eduard Walthert, ICT Manager for Silver Fern Farms.
The business turns over $2 billion and accounts for 32 per cent of
New Zealand’s sheep meat exports, 31 per cent of beef exports and
58 per cent of venison exports. It is owned by approximately 9000
farmer suppliers, with its head office based in Dunedin and support
offices in Hastings and Christchurch. There are 25 processing facilities
throughout New Zealand and the business employs more than 8000
staff in peak season.
Walthert says key IT projects in 2008 are an upgrade to SQL Server
2005 and Offi ce 2007, along with implementation of CRM, knowledge
management and e-business projects. Silver Fern Farms outsources
PC maintenance and network management to Gen-i, fi nancial systems
support to Fujitsu and Infi nity Business Solutions and payroll to PayGlobal.
Telehouse supports the data centre.
A joint venture with Robotic Technologies has resulted in the development
of automation technology important to the meat processing
sector. Robotic technology is expected to provide lifts in processing
effi ciency and meet global trends in customer demand. In 2007 RTL
was awarded a $4 million grant from the Foundation for Research
Science and Technology, to fast-track commercialisation of robotic
technology and develop a fully-automated, boning-room demonstration
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