A southern right whale frolicking in Wellington harbour offered a great opportunity for PwC to check the new technology tools in their waterfront office.\nThe whale made its rare appearance on the week the Wellington staff of PwC moved to their new building on the waterfront in July this year.\nWhile traffic stalled as people flocked to the harbour, the PwC staff had a vantage view from their office.\n\u201cEveryone was at the window. It was amazing,\u201d relates Rebecca Thomas, chief information officer at PwC.\n\u201cWe had fancy cameras and we can zoom in on the whales. We never thought of that,\u201d says Thomas.\nThe surprise visitor \nWhile based in Auckland, she flew to Wellington for the week to oversee the move. Their previous office was from a building on The Terrace.\nShe shares that there were little and major touches throughout the building that made a lot of difference in the way people work.\nNo caption\nIn the meeting rooms, a LED screen was placed so that it would not block the view of the harbour.\n\u201cHow horrible it would be to have to close the blinds,\u201d she says. \u201cIt would be a tragedy.\u201d\nRebecca Thomas at the PwC building in Wellington's waterfront\nIt was in these rooms where PwC staff were able to watch the whales while at work.\nThomas gave CIO New Zealand a potted tour of the Wellington office. She explains the Auckland team will move to similar facilities that are being built in Britomart.\nI have a global and local strategy aligned...We have a real exciting programme of delivery Rebecca Thomas, PwC\nThe waterfront office is kitted out to be open plan, with no permanent desk for staff, and meeting rooms with equipment for video conferences and presentations.\nThe move is all part of PwC\u2019s focus to drive ICT innovation across the organisation.\nThomas and her team are tasked to deliver hardware and software tools for productivity, mobility, flexibility, and collaboration.\nTo prepare the staff for the move in Wellington, early this year, they showed a video where Mark Russell, technology and transformation lead partner at PwC, explained the new technology rollout.\nThomas shares they also had showcases on how the new office would look like.\nMark Russell\nShe relates that on the first day they moved into the new building, she was at first nervous on how people would take to the new environment.\n\u201cWithin two minutes, they were using the collaboration tools. They were like ducks to water.\u201d\nNo caption\nThey were meeting new people as there are no permanent desks. The staff have lockers where they can store their personal stuff as they are expected to work in different areas of the building depending on their current projects.\nNo caption\nNo caption\nShe says key to the programme is working with \u201camazing vendors\u201d so they can put all of these features together.\nShe discloses that Spark New Zealandand Automation Associates played key roles in the design of the room.\nThey worked with Vodafone and Two Degrees on mobility, so there are no \u201cbig clunky deskphones\u201d on site.\nThey use the Smartalock smartphone app and a fully self-service approach so employees can use their building access card, the app, or a pin number to use and release their lockers. \nHave someone who is always thinking of the user experience Rebecca Thomas, PwC\nHP provided the laptops and monitors.\nShe shares that among the favourite features of the building is what the employees call the \u2018Superman booth\u2019. It is a soundproof kiosk where people can make phone calls.\nNo caption\nAn advice she will give to other organisations on moving to a more agile way of working is to \u201chave someone who is always thinking of the user experience. \u201d\nNo caption\n\u201cIt is also all about getting the right team,\u201d she adds, and these included their vendors.\nNo caption\nThomas says the collaborative environment starts right fromthe design of the building.\nNo caption\n\u201cIt is beautiful and elegant, without being pretentious and intimidating,\u201d she points out. \nNo caption\n\u201cThe design is remembered long after the project,\u201d she says. \u201cIt is an absolute pleasure to put the new technology here.\u201d\nNo caption\nShe reveals that when she visited the Wellington office in August, there was another whale sighting on the harbour, this time of a mother and her calf.\nNo caption\n\u201cIt is auspicious,\u201d she says, smiling.\n\u201cI have a global and local strategy aligned,\u201d she concludes. \u201cWe have a real exciting programme of delivery.\u201d\n\u201cWe haven\u2019t had time to get bored.\u201d\nNo caption\nSend news tips and comments to email@example.com\nFollow Divina Paredes on Twitter: @divinap\nFollow CIO New Zealand on Twitter:@cio_nz\nSign up for CIO newsletters for regular updates on CIO news, views and events.