Service Orientated Architecture is delivering efficiency improvements across a broad range of business processes says the University of Waikato.
Stories by Darren Greenwood
Taupo accountancy firm Strettons has turned to StorageCraft ShadowProtect backup and restore software after a new server kept crashing.
As CIO of engineering consultancy Beca Group, Robin Johansen says his role differs from more traditional CIOs. He still carries out the day to day functions of the CIO role, but he also seeks to contribute to the business “in the widest sense”.
For example, this contribution included establishing a new division, a business unit called Beca Applied Technologies (BAT) that has Johansen sitting on its board, along with another director role he holds in the company.
Ask the government or the senior IT executives that make up the many councils that will form part of the new Auckland SuperCity and they will tell you it is ‘early days’, and all will be settled by the new Auckland Transitional Agency that was announced late in May.
This new body will handle the changeover from the current set up to launching the new council in November 2010.
For Dunedin Casino, moving to 24-hour trading made it rethink the company’s IT systems from scratch. While at Mainfreight, with its near 24-hour operation, there was little time for backup, so critical systems had to run continuously. At Onslow College, the focus was on keeping a platform that has proven its reliability.
Though these enterprises belong to disparate industries, their ICT leaders share a common concern: Ensuring systems remain available regardless of untoward events and circumstance.
A new government means a new approach. And reflecting the tougher economic times, technology will have to increasingly justify itself too. But as an entrepreneur who has used ICT to transform his own businesses as well as the National Party, it seems ICT has a friend in Steven Joyce.
The new IT and Communications Minister follows on from David Cunliffe, who is now the finance spokesperson for the Labour Party. Cunliffe’s ICT role is now taken by Dunedin South MP Clare Curran.
Peter Bakker is set to head the biggest IT project at Ports of Auckland after 23 years in IT.
Bakker came to New Zealand as a teenager from Holland and in a career focused on IT development, has had roles at Zespri International where he helped implement SAP, Air New Zealand and ASB Bank, where he was latterly GM technology, strategy and planning in its Sovereign Insurance division.
For some time now, various District Health Boards have come together to make savings and efficiencies in the purchasing of technology and the operations of their IT departments, some even sharing the same CIO.
The State Services Commission last year released a report on similar bodies working together, noting the experiences of Australia, Canada, the UK and other countries. In the tertiary sector, the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and the University of Waikato are among the pioneers in the shared services model.
With the onward march of virtualisation into new sectors, server virtualisation remains top of IT managers’ agendas, with Gartner reporting such projects can reduce TCO costs by 25 per cent.
These were considerations for CIOs Quinton Hall of Tourism Holdings Ltd (THL) and Aubrey Christmas of the Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) Northern.
In her office overlooking a windswept and wet Auckland, Wendy Bussen firmly rejects the claim made by some in the industry that CIO means “Career Is Over”.
“It’s only the start,” says Bussen, GM corporate services, Auckland Regional Council. “If you have been CIO of a large organisation, you bring your leadership skills. By the time you are a CIO, you are conversant with working strategically.”
Cape Town-born Peter Finch began his working life navigating ships for the South African Merchant Navy. But while he loved the travel, he found the work “mind-numbingly boring”. Thus, after three-and-a-half years, he switched to his “second love”, technology.
His new career saw Finch start as a trainee programmer for an IT services company in Cape Town, then working his way up through programs, systems analysis and into management.
London-born Gosling has been at AUT University since arriving in New Zealand in 2002. She heads a 90-member IT department, who serve 2500 staff and 25,000 students.
Gosling likes working for a large organisation with “lots of people, lots of challenges and lots of stuff going on”.
Parke Pittar has had a varied life. Though born in Te Puke, he trained in the British Merchant Navy to be a deck officer; then he worked as a shipping agent at the Port of Tauranga and later as a foreman’s stevedore. The role let him visit many ports and Wellington was a natural progression, managing the container terminal at Centreport. During his four years there, he also completed a degree and post-graduate diplomas in finance, management, international business and accounting.
To broaden his skill base outside the ports industry, he spent several years at Deloitte Corporate Finance in Wellington, along with completing his professional accountancy exams.
With a name like Champion, the CIO of the West Coast District Health Board could well be the favourite to win Computerworld’s CIO of the Year Award.
Wayne Champion is a finalist in the Sun Microsystems-sponsored category, along with Andrew Diver, manager of systems development at Vero Insurance and Russell Turner, the MetService’s CIO.
Books can survive for centuries, but what about a CD Rom, a floppy disk, email or that website you looked at today?
The trouble with these media forms is they could be effectively gone when the delete button is pressed, websites are updated, or the current format is no longer supported by manufacturers.