MIS 100 2007(61-80)

MIS 100 2007(61-80)

The 2007 edition of the definitive guide to New Zealand's largest IT organisations is now online.

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Hide details for 61 Universal College of Learning61 Universal College of Learning

2006 ranking: 56

Senior IS executive: Steve Sorsby, IT manager

Reporting to: Chief financial and information officer

Size of IS shop: 7

PCs: 1500

Mobile PCs: 60

Terminals: 0

Hand-held devices: 30

Total screens: 1590

Industry: Education services

PC environment: Windows XP, Apple Mac, Compaq

Server environment: Windows 2003, Solaris, HP Proliant

DBMS: SQL, Oracle

Address: 18 Princess Street, Palmerston North


Key IS projects this year: Not disclosed.

The Universal College of Learning is a government-funded Institute of Technology in the lower half of the North Island. A new campus in Wanganui is to open in February 2008.

IT manager Steve Sorsby says reviewing the technology landscape and investing in technology that has a short to medium-term payback is one way that IT supports the business objectives of UCOL. “Some 70 per cent of UCOL students listed the quality of IT facilities and support, as a reason for studying at UCOL in 2005.” Other areas impacting on IT at UCOL include the growth in online course delivery with its consequent expectation of system availability around the clock and the need to maintain a balance between providing access and maintaining an adequate level of security.

Key IT projects include network and server upgrades together with server virtualisation projects and a proposed CRM system replacement.

Hide details for 62 Fulton Hogan62 Fulton Hogan

2006 ranking: 62

Senior IS executive: Rhys Gould, chief information officer

Reports to: Group executive - finance

Size of IS shop: 10

PCs: 1005

Mobile PCs: 325

Terminals: 10

Hand-held devices: 75

Total screens: 1415

Industry: Construction and engineering services

PC environment: Windows 2000, XP; HP; Toshiba

Server environment: Windows 2000, 2003; HP; IBM


Address: 29 Sir William Pickering Drive, Christchurch


Key IS projects this year: Desktop refresh; focus on HR systems; enterprise-wide intranet/information management system; connection with Australian business; BCP.

Growth in roading infrastructure and increased demand for civil engineering services is driving civil engineering organisation Fulton Hogan in 2007. While the organisation is split into different companies across Australia and New Zealand, each with its own CEO and CFO, the role of CIO and the IS division cuts across all businesses, says Fulton Hogan CIO Rhys Gould.

IT objectives for 2007 include the promotion of working solutions to the business – this is significant, says Gould, because Fulton Hogan’s operations are geographically spread and diverse. “Part of our role is to ensure that the business operations know about solutions that are working well and providing tangible benefits in other locations.”

He says IT is embedded in all parts of the business and is not treated as a unique and independent activity. “Fulton Hogan has strong guiding principles relating to information systems… one of which is ‘stable at the core, innovate at the edge’.”

Implementation of an enterprise-wide information management system is underway. “What we want is one point of system administration and logon and a common feel to systems.”

In 2007, Fulton Hogan will review connectivity options for its offices in conjunction with telecommunications and IT infrastructure providers to ensure reliable and appropriate speed.

Other key projects include initiation of an enterprise architecture programme, completion of new business application trials; implementation of a new enterprise-wide content management system, and a review of paper handling processes.

Hide details for 63 Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry63 Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

2006 ranking: 68

Senior IS executive: Neil Weeds, manager IT

Reports to: Allan Frost, CIO (acting)

Size of IS shop: 46

PCs: 1594

Mobile PCs: 466

Terminals: 0

Hand-held devices: 77

Total screens: 2137

Industry: Government and defence

PC environment: Windows XP, Dell, Toshiba

Server environment: HP Unix,Linux, Windows XP, Dell, HP Others

DBMS: Informix, SQL Server

Address: 25 The Terrace, Wellington


Key IS projects this year: Microsoft dot net migration; hardware replacement; VoIP; Quarantine project.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry aims to to be a leader in the sustainable development sector by 2010. Acting CIO Allan Frost says a key factor in achieving this is aligning people, processes and technology to deliver value to stakeholders in a more co-ordinated, effective manner.

He says MAF has recently undergone transformation to a “dot net shop” and completed a refresh of its telecommunications infrastructure. MAF is also building a new application for the Quarantine Service. By switching to PDAs and developing online data entry systems, he says MAF will be able to electronically record information in the field and issue bio security clearances by email.

Other projects include a focus on disaster recovery systems and pandemic planning, server virtualisation, a new VoIP system and phase two of a knowledge management programme.

MAF is also working with Microsoft to develop business intelligence tools which include a new container clearances system that uses geo-spatial technologies.

Hide details for 64 Otago Polytechnic64 Otago Polytechnic

2006 Ranking: 92

Senior IS executive: Mike Collins, CIO

Reports to: Philip Cullen, chief operating officer

Size of IS shop: 34

PCs: 1520

Mobile PCs: 120

Terminals: 6

Hand-held devices: 145

Total screens: 1791

Industry: Education services

PC environment: Windows XP, Compaq, HP, ASUS, Toshiba

Server environment: Linux; Windows 2000, 2003; Netware; HP


Address: Forth Street, Dunedin


Key IS projects this year: New design building IT infrastructure; SAN replacement; network switch infrastructure replacement.

Otago Polytechnic recently opened a new design school and is spearheading a video conference project to connect local and remote students to the polytechnic’s services. This is in line with the school’s focus for a flexible delivery of educational services.

“We are thinking about the technology expectations of new learners and conducting staff education around the delivery and use of new technologies. It can be quite daunting for staff who have always taught with a whiteboard and data projector; there’s quite a bit of change management involved,” says CIO Mike Collins.

Otago Polytechnic is also keen to give staff the ability to ‘hot desk’ within the campus, and work from home. “Our big cost is salaries and infrastructure costs so if we can reduce office space by having staff work from home from time to time, then that makes us more efficient.”

A recent tender for a unified telecommunications tender saw telecommunications providers given the opportunity to suggest solutions to the polytechnic’s telecommunications issues and invited to submit new technologies for trial and testing. These included video conferencing and timetabling to mobile phones.

Hide details for 65 Lion Nathan65 Lion Nathan

2006 Ranking: 71

Senior IS executive: Darryl Warren, CIO

Reports to: Jamie Tomlinson, CFO

Size of IS shop: Not known

PCs: 600

Mobile PCs: 200

Terminals: 0

Hand-held devices:0

Total screens: 800

Industry: Manufacturing

PC environment: Windows XP, Dell

Server environment: SCO Unix; Windows 2003, NT; Compaq/HP; Dell; Digital Alpha


Address: Address: PO Box 23, Auckland


Key IS projects this year: Not disclosed.

Lion Nathan is the country’s leading brewer with market share of around 50 per cent and New Zealand accounts for around 15 per cent of group assets and of operating profits. In 2006, Lion Nathan worked with Microsoft and HP to migrate 100 users to Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. Independent business analyst and consultant BearingPoint found Lion Nathan could achieve strategic and operational benefits by consolidating 10 servers into three, with two mailbox servers clustered for high availability. Advanced mobile access and calendar features improved productivity for staff and made the system easier to administer.

HP designed and built new system architecture for the pilot project using three Microsoft Exchange Servers – one server fulfilling the client access and hub transport roles and two mailbox servers. The mailbox servers use Cluster Continuous Replication to mirror data between them.

Hide details for 66 Toll NZ66 Toll NZ

2006 Ranking: 66

Senior IS executive: Ken Pearson, National IT Manager

Reports to: Neil Chatfield, CFO

Size of IS shop: 52

PCs: 1000

Mobile PCs: 200

Terminals: 0

Hand-held devices: 300

Total screens: 1500

Industry: Transport and warehousing

PC environment: Linux; Windows 2000, XP; Compaq; Digital PC; Dell; IBM

Server environment: AIX; Linux; Solaris; Windows 2000, 2003, NT; Digital Intel-based; iSeries

DBMS: DB2, Lotus, Oracle, SQL

Address: Toll NZ Building, Smales Farm, Takapuna, Auckland


Key IS projects this year: Not disclosed.

Changes are afoot for rail and ferry operator Toll NZ, 84 per cent owned by Australia’s Toll Holdings. Toll NZ is a multimodal freight transport and distribution company, which in 2006 had a service fleet including 27 electric locomotives, 188 diesel electric locomotives, 281 commercial trucks, three car ferries, and a route length of 3912 kilometers.

Ken Pearson has taken over the position of National IT manager for Toll NZ from David Eaton. Key IT projects for Toll NZ in the past 12 months have included a refresh of RFID/hand-held devices, and rostering, CRM, and container tracking systems. In its 2006 annual report, Toll NZ identified the need for continued deployment of technology to staff and customers to increase operational and administrative efficiencies and improve asset utilisation and monitoring capability. A commitment was also made to further investment in new technologies designed to maintain competitive positioning and a point of difference in order to retain, develop and grow the customer base.

Hide details for 67 Ministry of Health67 Ministry of Health

2006 Ranking: 64

Senior IS executive: Warwick Sullivan, chief technology officer

Reports to: Deputy director general of health, corporate and information

Size of IS shop: 180

PCs: 1801

Mobile PCs: 400

Terminals: 0

Hand-held devices: 20

Total screens: 2221

Industry: Government and defence

PC environment: Windows 2000, XP; IBM

Server environment: IBM; Sun; Windows 2000, 2003; Linux

DBMS: Lotus, DB2, Oracle, Sybase, SQL

Address: 133 Molesworth Street, Wellington


Key IS projects this year: Capitation Funding and Payment Processes Stabilisation project; HRIS replacement; departmental contract management system.

As befits a Ministry that oversees one of the most important areas of public service according to public opinion, the Ministry of Health is undergoing significant change and has several key administrative and ICT initiatives underway. Chief technology officer Warwick Sullivan says the ministry supports national systems that take information from the health sector, process it on behalf of the sector and feed financial, clinical, statistical, and contracting information back to the sector. “A key focus for 2007 is on stabilising and improving these systems to reduce risk, maintain service levels, offer opportunity for improvements in business process and position the Ministry to support advances under the Health Information Strategy.”

Key projects include the introduction of new services like the National Cancer Information Work Programme and improvements to the online GIS epidemiology tool (PHI Online).

A Capitation Funding Payments and Processes stabilisation programme will provide improvements to the core applications supporting the primary care sector.

Hide details for 68 Whitireia Community Polytechnic68 Whitireia Community Polytechnic

2006 Ranking: 70

Senior IS executive: Hylton Tuckett, computer services manager

Reports to: Bruce Miller, director corporate services

Size of IS shop: 12

PCs: 1453

Mobile PCs: 85


Hand-held devices: 15

Total screens: 1553

Industry: Education services

PC environment: Windows XP, Dell

Server environment: Windows 2003, Novell, Macintosh, Dell


Address: Wineera Drive, Porirua


Key IS projects this year: Multi-functional devices for printing and copying, server virtualisation, SAN storage solution, migration to Microsoft Exchange

Computer services manager Hylton Tuckett says Whitireia Community Polytechnic will spend 2007 consolidating business systems and services around Microsoft and SQL server technologies and meeting IT needs created by three diverse groups – students, staff and faculty.

He says while Whitireia’s technology and business strategies are closely aligned, there remains the continuing challenge of developing the strategic direction of IT and meeting general business objectives within tight budgets. “This year our goals include deploying enabling technologies such as virtualisation, SAN storage and multi-functional devices to facilitate the business operation and delivery of student services of Whitireia,” says Tuckett.

He says network security remains a major concern and issues Whitireia is addressing include system intrusion, detection and prevention, firewall interfaces, DMZ structures and SSL VPN remote access to provide superior throughput and resilience for customers, partners, students and staff. Other key projects are hardware upgrades, particularly multi-function devices for printing, scanning and copying; continued server virtualisation, and implementation of a new SAN storage solution. The server virtualisation project over the Porirua and Auckland campuses is in partnership with IBM, and the SAN deployment in the above two sites will be in partnership with Infinity Solutions. The data centre doubled in size in 2006 and now links to a new UPS and a new generator for business continuity.

Hide details for 69 Department of Conservation69 Department of Conservation

2006 ranking: 65

Senior IS executive: Alison Fleming, chief information officer

Reports to: GM, research, development and improvement

Size of IS shop: 50

PCs: 1200

Mobile PCs: 500

Terminals: 0

Hand-held devices: 65

Total screens: 1765

Industry: Government and defence

PC environment: Windows XP, HP

Server environment: Windows 2000, 2003; HP, Dell


Address: 18-22 Manners Street, Wellington


Key IS projects this year: Asset management system; Microsoft Exchange Server upgrade; natural heritage management system.

CIO Alison Fleming says ICT is critical in economically allowing a widely dispersed organisation like the Department of Conservation to share the data and information resources necessary for good operational management, strategic planning and collaboration.

“ICT must support easier access to conservation data and information for partner organisations and the public as well as staff; provide online education and resources, improve efficiency of accurate data gathering and sharing, and deliver application integration.”

Telecommunications cost and performance allowing, DOC is interested in the benefits of video conferencing to save on travel costs and lower its carbon ‘footprint’. Recent trials involving Riverbed network management optimisation devices (called Steelheads) to increase broadband performance at remote DOC sites have been successful but do not necessarily support video conferencing traffic, which requires fast uplink speed, says Fleming.

“Steelheads give more ‘bang for the buck’ on bandwidth performance and have on average tripled our bandwidth without us having to pay more. They also cut down the ‘chattiness’ of TCP protocols and optimise performance.”

Hide details for 70 Transfield Services70 Transfield Services

2006 Ranking: Unlisted

Senior IS executive: Alan Clist, NZ business information services manager

Reports to: CEO

Size of IS shop: 19

PCs: 600

Mobile PCs: 480

Terminals: 80

Hand-held devices: 500

Total screens: 1660

Industry: Utilities and waste management

PC environment: Windows XP, HP

Server environment: Windows 2003, HP

DBMS: SQL, iSeries

Address: Level 3, New Zealand Finance House, 52 Swanson Street, Auckland NZ


Key IS projects this year: ERP deployment; deployment of active directory and Exchange 2003; field force automation.

Transfield Services is a leading international provider of operations, maintenance, asset management and project management services. New Zealand customers include Telecom, Transpower, and Housing New Zealand.

Business information services manager Alan Clist says key business objectives for 2007 are to meet customer expectations, and hit growth targets aimed predominantly at existing markets. “We have a strategic IT plan with two key parameters - one is to keep the business running, and the other is to help the business to change and grow. To meet these challenges we use remote tools for remote desktop access, deploy applications in the field, and push out software to multiple users.”

Clist says Transfield Services operates in a highly competitive environment that relies on a distributed workforce. As such, mobility and other business efficiencies supported by IT systems and technologies deliver competitive advantages that are particularly important in the current labour market. Its key business challenge is maintaining workforce resources in specialist service areas.

Hide details for 71 Vector71 Vector

2006 Ranking: 85

Senior IS executive: Hanno Schupp, chief information officer

Reports to: Mark Franklin, CEO

Size of IS shop: 73

PCs: 1040

Mobile PCs: 150

Terminals: 0

Hand-held devices: 180

Total screens: 1370

Industry: Utilities and waste management

PC environment: Windows XP, HP, Toshiba

Server environment: Windows 2003, HP

DBMS: SQL, Oracle

Address: 101 Carlton Gore Road, Newmarket, Auckland


Key IS projects this year: Document management system; pipeline management software ‘OATIS’; non-IT infrastructure CAPEX management; asset maintenance process; IT infrastructure integrations and upgrades.

Infrastructure company Vector, is keen to improve KPI-driven reporting and the accuracy of finance and other reporting models in 2007.

“We implement a document and records management initiative (EMC Documentum) and run an enterprise data warehouse strategy (SAP BI and Microsoft Reporting Services),” says Vector CIO Hanno Schupp. He says a further goal is to optimise the management of assets process — from an IT point of view a triangulation between Vector’s GIS system (GE Smallworld), ERP systems (SAP) and customer information system (Siebel).

Vector is also moving HR and self-service systems beyond the basics and into the area of employee and management self-service, and extending health and safety related systems. These self-services and the document and records management initiative will be delivered through the new SAP-based enterprise portal. In the past 12 months Vector’s IT team has focused on improving disaster recovery capability. There has been a major review of the IT processes and capabilities and the DR requirements articulated in a new business impact assessment.

Hide details for 72 New Zealand Lotteries Commission72 New Zealand Lotteries Commission

2006 Ranking: 67

Industry: Arts, entertainment and recreation

Senior IS executive: Wayne Pickup, chief information officer

Reports to: Chief executive

Size of IS shop: 40

PCs: 1800

Mobile PCs: 60

Terminals: 0

Hand-held devices: 60

Total screens: 1920

Industry: Arts, entertainment and recreation

PC environment: Windows 2000, XP; Linux; Lenovo; Lottery POS

Server environment: Linux; AIX; Windows 2000, 2003; IBM


Address: Head Office Address: 117 Khyber Pass Rd, Auckland


Key IS projects this year: Knowledge management; business intelligence; internet gaming.

The New Zealand Lotteries is constantly looking at innovative ways to distribute its products. A present focus is deploying games over the internet and New Zealand Lotteries is seeking approval for taking its games, except for Instant Kiwi, online, says Wayne Pickup, chief information officer.

Pickup says e-channels are potentially important because making products available online provides greater reach and customer convenience. The New Zealand Lotteries website, presently corporate in focus and appearance, is about to be revamped, and will be re-modelled to reflect the entertainment and ‘fun’ nature of its products.

Ten million transactions per month pass through its gaming network and Pickup says increased knowledge around those transactions will lead to smarter business decisions. A formal knowledge management project is underway and will encompass business intelligence and document management processes, as well as changes to business culture.

Pickup notes the biggest business continuity threat is not a telecommunications outage, but a power outage. Thus, New Zealand Lotteries has a back-up data centre, enough UPS to run its building for around 120 minutes and access to diesel generators.

Hide details for 73 IBM New Zealand73 IBM New Zealand

2006 ranking: 72

Senior IS executive: Doug Stuart, NZ information technology manager

Reports to: Chief financial officer

Size of IS shop: 20

PCs: 562

Mobile PCs: 1265

Terminals: 0

Hand-held devices: 80

Total screens: 1907

Industry: IT supplier

PC environment: Linux, Windows XP, IBM, Lenovo

Server environment: AIX; Linux; OS2; Windows 2000, 2003; xSeries, iSeries, pSeries

DBMS: DB2, Lotus, SQL Server

Address: 100 Willis Street, Wellington


Key IS projects this year: Hardware refresh and upgrades; move from T3 to 100MB ethernet; mobility solutions.

Customers want to buy solutions, not individual products, and IBM’s strength is in integrating hardware, software, business consulting and IT services, says Doug Stuart, IBM New Zealand IT manager.

IBM employees, he says, enjoy working with leading-edge technologies. “New Zealand is one of those countries where we have the ability to develop and pilot the integration of new ICT projects and technologies. Models developed in New Zealand may then be applied in large countries, and so we are able to prove concept.”

In 2005, IBM New Zealand was the first among the global group of IBM companies to deploy Cisco-based VoIP technologies. Stuart says the business will continue to leverage its IP strategies, which include unified messaging, video over IP network and mobility options. “Because of the small population base and geographic situation of New Zealand, we suffer from expensive technologies and lower economies of scale. We also face higher infrastructure costs. So IP technologies can assist us as can mobility solutions that allow flexibility. Two-thirds of our people have a mobility solution or home office.”

Hide details for 74 Department of Internal Affairs74 Department of Internal Affairs

2006 Ranking: 79

Senior IS executive: David Spaziani, chief information officer

Reports to: Norah Familton, director business services

Size of IS shop: 70

PCs: 1655

Mobile PCs: 300

Terminals: 0

Hand-held devices: 0

Total screens: 1955

Industry: Government and defence

PC environment: Windows 2000, XP; MERGEFIELD "PCHardware" Compaq/HP; Toshiba

Server environment: Other Unix, Windows 2000, Compaq, Sequent, HP

DBMS: Lotus, Oracle, SQL

Address: 46 Waring-Taylor Street, Wellington


Key IS projects this year: Passport redevelopment; hardware upgrades.

The Department of Internal Affairs is implementing its ‘One Organisation’ vision, whose key component is the creation of a centralised ICT service that generates better efficiencies and economies of scale, says CIO David Spaziani. Core systems and services are being upgraded to meet increased business needs, and include new service management processes based on the ITIL framework, upgrades to core infrastructure, and upgrade or replacement of core departmental business applications such as email, document management and data analytics. “The focus of changes in the IT team is centred on the creation of a more effective, efficient and agile IT service. This will in turn enable greater effectiveness, efficiency and agility in the department’s operation overall,” says Spaziani. A current initiative is the redevelopment of systems and applications to support new, international passport-processing guidelines.

Hide details for 75 Wellington City Council75 Wellington City Council

2006 Ranking: 74

Senior IS executive: David McLachlan, manager knowledge solutions

Reports to: Reporting to: Andrew Dalziel, director corporate services

Size of IS shop: 100

PCs: 1470

Mobile PCs: 120


Hand-held devices: 140

Total screens: 1730

Industry: Government and defence

PC environment: Windows XP, HP

Server environment: Solaris, VMS, Windows 2003, HP, Sun

DBMS: Informix, Oracle, SQL, MySQL, Sybase

Address: 101 Wakefield Street, Wellington


Key IS projects this year: Telecommunications re-tender and provision; enterprise content management; core corporate application platform review and strategy; disaster recovery; information management strategy refresh.

Business challenges for the Wellington City council (WCC) include the need to balance rates and revenue while achieving strategy plans, says David McLachlan, manager knowledge solutions. He says information and IT systems are critical enabling mechanisms for the council, and challenges include creating tangible links between information and technology delivery and the vision and strategies of the council. Key IT projects in the coming year include customer management strategy planning, a financial systems upgrade, and continued server virtualisation using VMWare software tools. A new information management strategy is planned to enable WCC to meet Public Records Act compliance requirements and to refresh the existing WCC information management strategy. On the e-business front, McLachlan says WCC has improved online service applications for the benefit of Wellington citizens. It also has B2B initiatives designed to support business transactions and paying invoices.

Hide details for 76 Wellington Institute of Technology76 Wellington Institute of Technology

2006 ranking: 74

Senior IS executive: Michael Fitzgerald, chief information officer

Reports to: Penny McDonald, director corporate services

Size of IS shop: 11

PCs: 1223

Mobile PCs: 20

Terminals: 30

Hand-held devices: 10

Total screens: 1283

Industry: Education services

PC environment: Windows XP, 2000; Silicon Systems

Server environment: Linux, Novell, Windows 2003, Dell, Silicon Systems

DBMS: InterBase, SQL

Address: 61 Buick Street, Petone, Lower Hutt


Key IS projects this year: Desktop technology update;

help desk; asset management; SAS ABM; HRIS; server virtualisation.

The overall objective of the Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) is to be recognised as an international centre of excellence in vocational education through delivery of programmes that are high quality and support regional economic development.

A key challenge is the full employment economy which results in fewer full-time students and creates more demand for flexible and workplace delivery education models.

CIO Michael Fitzgerald says IT helps enhance education delivery options and access to WelTec learning resources and drive efficiencies and improved business processes for better decision-making. “IT delivers the relevant industry-specialised training tools for many of the technology based programmes offered by WelTec and enhances student flexibility through distance and blended learning solutions. In a nutshell, IT contributes to the delivery of the “Hi Tec, WelTec” brand promise,” says Fitzgerald.

Hide details for 77 NorthTec77 NorthTec

2006 Ranking: Unlisted

Senior IS executive: Xiaohui Xu, chief information officer

Reports to: Paul Binney, deputy chief executive

Size of IS shop: 19

PCs: 1050

Mobile PCs: 250

Terminals: 0

Hand-held devices: 50

Total screens: 1350

Industry: Education services

PC environment: Windows XP, Dell, Fujitsu

Server environment: Windows 2003, Dell


Address: Raumanga Valley Road, Whangarei


Key IS projects this year: NorthTec Learning Gateway,

IP telephony, printer, copier and document management system review; new finance system.

NorthTec is the largest tertiary education provider in the northernmost region of New Zealand with more than 10 campuses and learning centres, 430 staff members and 15,000 students. Northland Polytechnic changed its name to NorthTec in 2006.

The institution wants to make tertiary education accessible to all Northlanders. In order to provide educational opportunities for all students and community groups, NorthTec has adopted a strategy to use technology to enhance educational delivery, says chief information officer Xiaohui Xu. “One of our strategic objectives is to develop a national reputation for innovative use of information and communication Technology.” He says over the last three years NorthTec has implemented a number of IT projects and systems including an open source course management system (Moodle); 802.11g-based wireless technologies on campus; electronic smartboards, video conferencing, Exchange 2007, and a campus portal.

Hide details for 78 Gullivers Travel Group78 Gullivers Travel Group

2006 Ranking: 76

Senior IS executive: Dhaya Sivakumar, group general manager IT

Reports to: CEO, New Zealand

Size of IS shop: 56

PCs: 1420

Mobile PCs: 60

Terminals: 30

Hand-held devices: 30

Total screens: 1540

Industry: Business management and scientific services

PC environment: Windows XP, HP

Server environment: Solaris; Windows 2000, 2003; SCO; HP; Sun; IBM

DBMS: Informix, SQL

Address: Level 3-5, Gen-i Tower, 66 Wyndham Street Auckland


Key IS projects this year: E-business channel; retail desktop solution; hardware refresh; move to thin client (Citrix); system consolidation; upgrade to office 2007; Altiris for head office; telehousing.

Dhaya Sivakumar, group general manager IT, says key goals of Gullivers Travel Group are to simplify and standardise the business after a prolonged period of acquisition and growth and to simplify the tools used to support the business.

“The end game plan is to have several standardised systems that are centrally managed but share one infrastructure,” says Sivakumar. “At the moment, there are up to seven different infrastructures and teams with disparate systems and processes. We have in place a strategic technology plan that we are working towards right now to bring this all together.”

Another area of IT consolidation is in financial systems - this year, the entire group will migrate to one general ledger system using Microsoft Great Plains software.

Sivakumar says VoIP will also be used where applicable and key VoIP-impact areas will be targeted first.

Hide details for 79 MidCentral District Health Board79 MidCentral District Health Board

2006 Ranking: 77

Senior IS executives: Barry Morris, IS manager service and delivery

Brian Woolley, IS manager strategy and planning

Report to: General manager, corporate services

Size of IS shop: 24

PCs: 1280

Mobile PCs: 85

Terminals: 6

Hand-held devices: 12

Total screens: 1383

Industry: Health and community services

PC environment: Windows 2000, XP; Intel-based Clone or OEM

Server environment: Solaris; Windows 2000, 2003; HP

DBMS: Access, SQL

Address: Ruahine Street, Palmerston North


Key IS projects this year: Replacement of a pharmacy system; digital radiology; storage area network.

Ensuring availability of healthcare services, strengthening the health and disability workforce, and supporting the health infrastructure are key objectives of MidCentral DHB, while a key challenge is the delivery of effective services within budget.

Barry Morris, IS manager service delivery, says ICT helps deliver health service efficiencies as staff work and perform differently as a result of increased access to improved IT systems. The DHB’s WAN network extends to Gisborne, Hastings, Levin, Napier, Dannevirke, Feilding, Wanganui and New Plymouth.

The DHB has completed a server virtualisation project as part of an infrastructure review and is replacing key business systems for its subsidiary Enable New Zealand (formerly NZ Disabilities Resource Centre), a national service provider of information, consultancy and advice on production and technology design and equipment for people with disabilities.

Hide details for 80 Southern Institute of Technology80 Southern Institute of Technology

2006 ranking: 59

Senior IS executive: Paul Jennings, IT coordinator

Reports to: Corporate services manager

Size of IS shop: 3

PCs: 850

Mobile PCs: 48

Terminals: 350

Hand-held devices:0

Total screens: 1248

Industry: Education services

PC environment: Windows 2000, XP; HP Compaq

Server environment: Windows 2000, 2003; HP

DBMS: Interbase, SQL

Address: 133 Tay Street, Invercargill


Key IS projects this year: Hardware upgrade; wireless technologies.

Distance education is driving growth for the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) and the institute’s competitive advantage is the lower cost of living in the South Island for students. The overall challenge for SIT is to provide free, high-quality education.

Paul Jennings, IT coordinator, says SIT’s multi-media distance delivery via a combination of educational TV, internet access and hard-copy workbooks was unique to New Zealand and suited students who can’t make it to a campus. The learning environment includes 24-hour access to computer facilities. SIT’s upgrade to a virtual server environment has reduced its hardware costs normally associated with developing new services. Jennings says SIT can now provision a new server in less than four hours, without the requirement to have a pre-approved budget for hardware.

Through server virtualiSation, SIT had reduced the number of physical servers required by more than 70 per cent in 2006.

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