Senior IS executive: Chris Mitchell, vice president, Australia and New Zealand Reports to: Michael Coomer, executive vice president, Asia Pacific
Size of IS shop: 1553
Mobile PCs: 1500
Hand-held devices: 565
Total screens: 2965
Industry: IT supplier
PC environment: Windows XP, Vista; Dell
Server environment: MVS; Sun; Windows 2000, 2003; Unisys
DBMS: DB2, DB4; DMS, IMS; Informix; Ingres; Oracle; SQL; Sybase
Address: 8 Gilmer Terrace, Wellington
Key IS projects this year: Investment in data centres; upgrade to Vista;
implement MOS/XOS. Managed Output Services (MOS) Effectively
manages EDS’ print environment; Xerox Office Services (XOS)
CORE BUSINESS GOALS for global technology services company
EDS New Zealand in 2008 include further leveraging global industry
experience in New Zealand markets, building strategic consortium
capability, and continuing to deliver services to world-class
In New Zealand, EDS partners with some of the country’s largest
organisations including Telecom, Fonterra, all the major banks and
major government departments including Ministry of Social Development,
Inland Revenue, and the Department of Labour. It also handles
work for around 20 EDS corporation clients based offshore.
EDS is New Zealand’s largest IT employer, with more than 2100 ICT
staff including a large-scale applications business employing around
600 staff. The company is an accredited EDS Corporation Centre of
Excellence for .Net, Java and SAP and a Sun certifi ed Java Centre of
Excellence and Microsoft Centre of Excellence.
In 2008, EDS will invest further in data centres, as well as develop its
applications’ modernisation capability. The company will also continue
to invest in staff development and recruitment.
“There’s no abatement to the skills shortage and there are a lot of
big transformational changes. We are also looking at the generational
aspect; keeping Gen Y and so on. We have also launched a Maori
internship in New Zealand,” says Mitchell.
He says vendor consolidation in the ICT space was inevitable due to
“The ability to provide and invest in closely coupled, end-to-end
business solutions could outweigh any potential lack of competition
in the marketplace,” he says.
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