New Zealand Steel
- 29 June, 2008 22:00
Senior IS executive: Alister Park, information systems manager Reports to: Vice president finance
Size of IS shop: 54
Mobile PCs: 231
Hand-held devices: 28
Total screens: 1438
PC environment: Windows 2000, XP; Dell, IBM
Server environment: MCP, Netware, Red Hat Linux, Sun, Windows
2003, HP, IBM
DBMS: Access, DMS, Oracle, SQL
Address: Mission Bush Road, Glenbrook, Auckland
Key IS projects this year: Not disclosed.
CONTROLLING COSTS WHILST achieving business targets around
production, quality, costs and market share is high on the agenda
for New Zealand Steel, owned by publicly listed Australian parent
company BlueScope Steel.
BlueScope is in the process of moving its Lysaght business onto
the supply chain software systems that came as part of its $700
million acquisition of Smorgon Steel last year. It also wrote off $11
million for the capitalised value of the Movex enterprise resource
planning system used in its Lysaght building products group. Movex
was being moved aside to make way for a SAP supply chain system
already developed for Smorgon Steel.
Chief executive Paul O’Malley told Australian news media Smorgon
was a good distribution business with a relatively well-developed
SAP system supporting a “quite good” supply chain. O’Malley said
it would take 12 to 24 months to migrate Lysaght to the Smorgon
BlueScope already uses SAP systems at its Port Kembla Steel
unit, Australian manufacturing and New Zealand steel businesses.
O’Malley said this meant Smorgon’s distribution systems know-how
could be incorporated without wholesale changes at those units.
Murray Lye, the former manager of information systems for New
Zealand Steel has moved to another part of the organisation and
is now leading a major non-IT project for the company. Alister Park
took over his role.
In 2007, NZ Steel invested in VoIP technologies for its large site at
Glenbrook and three smaller satellite sites, with a view to improved
business collaboration and unified messaging. E-business initiatives
give customers the ability to directly place and monitor orders, while
a B2B system links NZ Steel with customer and supplier systems.