Senior IS executive: Rob Herries, information technology manager Reports to: Roy Baker, GM corporate services
Size of IS shop: 40
Mobile PCs: 50
Hand-held devices: 30
Total screens: 1390
Industry: Health and community services
PC environment: Windows XP, HP
Server environment: Windows, Red Hat, Linux
Address: 28 Grey Street, Wellington
Key IS projects this year: Oracle 11i; Windows 2008; RedHat AS 4;
HOUSING NEW ZEALAND Corporation information technology
manager Rob Herries manages 40 ICT staff. He says Housing New
Zealand is focused on the government theme of families for 2008
This includes providing support and choices for people
to achieve their housing goals, along with delivery of a wide range of
products to meet that focus. Products include housing support, loans,
as well as education products for people looking to get into their
fi rst homes.
He says ICT funding has been set, meaning the current economic
slowdown is not expected to impact on planned ICT projects including
signifi cant ERP and business continuity system upgrades, investment
in VoIP platforms and unifi ed communications applications; and CRM,
EDI and e-business initiatives designed to provide 24x7 online access
to Housing New Zealand services.
“We are not looking at Web 2.0 at the moment, but we are looking at a
lot of EDI and web work. We are starting to develop a lot of electronic
linkages with external suppliers and service providers, and we know
most of our customers will want to use our websites outside of the
normal work day environment,” says Herries.
Other significant ICT projects are email management and storage;
business continuity, including a move away from a pure DR solution
and towards more fault tolerant solutions; and rationalisation of photocopier,
printer, and scanner devices to MFP devices.
Housing New Zealand also has a signifi cant ongoing mobilisation
project. This year will see implementation of a mobile workforce application
to allow remote staff to interrogate back-end databases.
Housing New Zealand completes most operational and project ICT
work in-house, but PC maintenance is outsourced to Gen-i, HR Payroll
to Jade, and systems and network management to IBM.
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