- 05 June, 2011 22:00
Size of IS shop: 52
Mobile PCs: 284
Hand-held devices: 514
Total screens: 2266
Industry: Utilities and waste management
PC environment: Windows XP but in transition to Windows 7, HP, Dell
Server environment: Windows 2003, 2008; Red Hat Linux; HP; IBM
DBMS: SQL, Oracle
Address: 101 Carlton Gore Road, Newmarket, Auckland
Key IS projects this year: Windows 7 rollout; electronic cylinder management; asset management; new backup and archiving system; Exchange 2010 upgrade.
A restructure in late 2010 saw the movement of IT Services to Corporate Services, under the direction of Peggy Molyneux. Formerly general manager of Corporate Services at Genesis Energy, Molyneux now leads Vector’s IT, health and safety, human resources and property teams to ensure their services are integrated and best support Vector’s business strategy.
“Vector is a complex, multi-infrastructure business,” she says. “It is essential that IT systems connect with and understand the company in order to meet its needs and drive a step change in the way in which these systems can enhance our business and improve efficiency.”
Asset management and electronic cylinder management are top of mind for the fibre optics infrastructure and energy company this year, while the implementation of a new backup and archiving system, rollout of Windows 7 and an upgrade to Exchange 2010 will all have priority.
ICT budgets and staff numbers are up slightly and will ensure delivery of a tightly consolidated list of ICT projects and objectives. Investments in VoIP, wireless, unified communications and disaster recovery are planned.
Vector was selected in February this year for priority negotiations for the Government’s ultrafast broadband initiative. The organisation has supported the initiative from its inception and has proposed that it can and should deliver fibre to the door of every Auckland household and business within eight years. “Vector can build a world-class fibre network quickly and is ready to start as soon as these negotiations are concluded,” says chief executive Simon Mackenzie.