EDS New Zealand

EDS New Zealand

2007 ranking: 40

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

PCs: 900

Mobile PCs: 1500

Terminals: 0

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

previous fragmentation.

“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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