by Divina Paredes

Movers and shakers: Rob McDonnell is new NZ Post CIO

Oct 22, 2018
CareersDigital TransformationIT Leadership

Rob McDonnell is now the general manager technology (CIO) and Paul Touhey is head of IT strategy and commercial at NZ Post.

“Rob has a very successful track record of developing and implementing strategy, running operations, and delivering tangible commercial outcomes. Paul also brings extensive technology delivery experience to NZ Post, with over 25 years’ experience in IT,” says NZ Post chief digital and technology officer Geri Ellis.

It is the first CIO role for McDonnell, who was previously GM digital at Fonterra and prior to that, was with Air New Zealand and Vodafone.

He is fully accountable for technology, covering areas such as architecture, infrastructure operations, technology services, business IT portfolios, software engineering, IT risk and security, strategy, and partnerships.

Touhey has over 25 years’ experience in IT across a number of senior roles, including CIO for Skinny.

Paul Touhey

He is accountable for strategy development, planning and commercial procurement, ensuring alignment of all our technology investment initiatives, and managing vendor relationships.

Working with the agile practice and finance, Touhey will be instrumental in embedding agile planning and governance.He is also responsible for all technology commercial negotiations and vendor optimisation/rightsizing.

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Kate Reid joins Deloitte as director for digital health. She was previously general manager of Orion Health in New Zealand and is the current chair of New Zealand Health IT (NZHIT).

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Deloitte has launched its Dell Boomi offering in New Zealand. Dell Boomi integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) enables customers to integrate cloud and on-premise applications, data and people, ensuring easy, fast and secure enablement of processes through the one platform.

Deloitte partner Damian Harvey says the Boomi platform is a great addition to Deloitte’s offerings.

“It allows us to support a broader range of customers as they work through the complexities of connecting different systems across different infrastructure and applications architecture. Additionally, products that integrate technologies through so-called ‘low code/no code’ processes can help drive faster time to value realisation for customers that need to focus on business outcomes rather than owning and developing code,” says Harvey.

“The addition of Boomi gives us significant added capability while allowing us to remain applications agnostic, providing guidance to our clients on the right product and solution mix for their unique needs.

“Dell Boomi supports Deloitte’s already large stable of integration product capabilities while supporting their application expertise across enterprise level technologies like SAP, Oracle, Workday, SalesForce and ServiceNOW,” he adds.

Dell Boomi managing director for Asia-Pacific and Japan Michael Evans says organisations are facing challenges managing increasingly complex digital transformations that include connecting new best of breed applications and existing business systems.

“Boomi offers a unique, cloud based and unified middleware platform – comprising integration, master data management, API management and workflow automation – that allows customers to build the enriched data services that will support their future business. In partnership with Deloitte, we can help organisations accelerate their transformation projects, and deliver business value faster,” says Evans.

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