- 29 June, 2008 22:00
Senior IS executive: Nigel Bailey, group operations manager Reports to: Joan Withers, CEO
Size of IS shop: 70
Mobile PCs: 420
Hand-held devices: 35
Total screens: 2780
PC environment: Windows XP, HP
Server environment: Unix; VMS; Windows 2000, 2003, XP; HP
DBMS: Oracle, SQL
Address: Level 2, Fairfax House, 110 Customs St West, Viaduct,
Key IS projects this year: Messaging platform upgrade; digital asset
management and pre-press production systems; remote access and
mobility; circulation and financial systems; ISM and IT governance;
enterprise architecture review.
FAIRFAX MEDIA’S GROUP operations manager Nigel Bailey says
Fairfax aims to further leverage its product suite across the country
and a common circulation system will support this strategic goal.
Consequently, circulation system consolidation and replacement is a
key area of ICT investment for 2008. Others are a messaging platform
upgrade, improvements to digital asset management and pre-press
production systems, investment in remote access and mobility
technologies and, pending board approval, a complete enterprise
“We are also focused on system consolidation and have consolidated
a number of old VAX systems to an Alpha hardware server environment.
The main benefi t is cost savings; we have 294 servers and hope
to get these down to 65 — 20 physical and the remainder virtualised.
There is also a focus on better server redundancy, with an increase in
disaster recovery testing and servers for critical systems,” says Bailey.
Fairfax plans to invest heavily in mobile technologies this year, with
a view to providing its out-of-the-office workforce with the level of
mobile communications they desire.
“There is a rapidly growing demand at a business level for mobile
solutions,” says Bailey. He says Fairfax is also looking at wireless
network technologies within offi ces and is investigating the security,
performance and cost of an extended wireless initiative.
Fairfax uses Salesforce-brand sales force automation tools for
selected business units. On the telecommunications front, all new
Fairfax telephony systems are IP-enabled and a move to VoIP and a
unifi ed communications platform is under review, says Bailey.