Stories by David Watson

Grid operator to rev up Citrix environment

New Zealand's Transpower is shifting from Citrix Metaframe 1.8 to the newer XP version in a move the national grid operator describes as "more than just an upgrade".

Warehouse returns to group CIO model

The Warehouse has a new CIO. Owen McCall, a former principal of Deloitte's outsourcing operation in Australasia, took up the post last month.

IBM to lead telco’s integration

Vodafone has selected IBM as the integrator for its new CRM, billing and provisioning systems in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.

Australia first for NZ Milk PeopleSoft deal

About 10 of New Zealand Milk’s 37 overseas operating companies are involved in its recently signed deal with PeopleSoft and will migrate to PeopleSoft Enterprise One over the next three years, says NZ Milk CIO Ron Peake.

Kids' cancer ward uses Office 2003 app

Starship Children’s Hospital in Auckland will soon begin a pilot of InfoPath, a new application in the recently released Microsoft Office 2003 suite, to produce electronic cancer drug prescriptions.

National-ANZ back-end merger likely

The future of the National Bank of New Zealand's IT systems and staff remains uncertain following ANZ's announcement that it will buy the bank.

Glitch brings down NZ exchange

The New Zealand stock exchange's new CIO Chris Corke got a baptism of fire on his second day in the job yesterday when the exchange ceased trading for nearly five hours due to technical difficulties associated with the FASTER trader workstations.

Work remains on integration: analyst

PeopleSoft’s announcement of details of its integration plan for JD Edwards earlier this month yielded few surprises, Gartner Australia analyst Kristian Steenstrup says.

NZ Defence gets the message

The New Zealand Defence Force will spend $3 million on a new military messaging system to bring it up to speed with allies like Australia.

ATMs bank on Windows after OS/2

The automatic teller machines of many banks, the last outpost of IBM’s OS/2 operating system, are moving towards Windows partly as a result of Big Blue’s decision to stop supporting OS/2 from 2006.

IT security becomes patchwork process

New Zealand broadcaster TVNZ is considering setting up pre-testing facilities for patches in the wake of being hit with the Blaster worm earlier this month.