Senior IS executive: Darren Turner, chief technology officer Reports to: Michael Ellies, head of group services
Size of IS shop: 62
Mobile PCs: 226
Hand-held devices: 100
Total screens: 2910
PC environment: Apple Mac; Windows 2000, XP; Dell
Server environment: Apple; Linux; Solaris; VMS; Windows 2000, 2003;
Address: 46 Albert Street, Auckland
Key IS projects this year: Not disclosed.
AUSTRALASIAN COMPANY APN News & Media, publisher of The
New Zealand Herald amongst other publications, requires flexible
technology that allows the business to quickly adapt and respond
to market changes. In New Zealand, this is the task of the IT team,
headed by chief technology offi cer Darren Turner.
He says IT management works closely with the business to develop
a technology strategy that supports business strategy. Senior
management and business owners understand the important role IT
plays in business success “completely”, says Turner.
He says ICT provides competitive advantage by delivering robust
and fl exible technology solutions that meet business expectations.
There is also an ongoing expectation that ICT will be more creative
in order to meet business challenges.
“We have achieved a stable operating environment, and are now
focused on hardware refreshes and system upgrades to deliver
enhanced business services,” says Turner.
Key applications are now centralised and run across the WAN. On
the telecommunications front, Turner says APN makes the most of 3G
and GPRS mobile technologies to provide a competitive edge, such as
in securing on-the-spot photos.
“You can have a photo for your paper transmitted in two or 30
minutes, depending on the mobile technology you use,” he says.
APN NZ has implemented a VoIP solution to accommodate its
regional contact centre based in Tauranga. In the coming 12 months
APN will embark on projects in all major areas of ICT focus, including
expanding VoIP to trans-Tasman operational status, further standardising
applications, ERP and financial systems while also enhancing
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