by Divina Paredes

Movers and shakers: Craig Soutar of NZ Transport Agency and Ken Holley of Liberate IT

Sep 25, 20145 mins

The New Zealand Transport Agency and Unisys have received a special recognition award at the 2014 Information Services Group (ISG) Paragon awards for Australia and New Zealand.

“Unisys showed a clear understanding of our business goals and the need to use IT to meet them, says Craig Soutar, NZTA CIO.

“They designed and implemented an innovative transformation program that modernised our existing systems by migrating them onto a Windows platform. This reduced system complexity and increased flexibility as well as provided the opportunity to develop new online and mobile channels to engage with customers. We are delivering our business transformation without the need to completely rip out and replace our systems, and continued to deliver services to our customers in the process.”

We are delivering our business transformation without the need to completely rip out and replace our systems, and continued to deliver services to our customers in the process. Craig Soutar, NZ Transport Agency

“Our two-decade relationship with NZTA thrives on collaboration as well as mutual understanding of the relationship between business and IT goals, says Steve Griffin, Unisys NZ country manager.

“Long term relationships are an opportunity to use deep shared knowledge as a platform for continued improvement. For example, most recently we worked together to develop a modernisation program that allowed NZTA to meet its business transformation goals to reduce costs, reflect business changes quickly, and offer new service channels to citizens.”

Ken Holley joins Liberate IT, which has the largest dedicated NetSuite team in New Zealand, as business development manager. Holley has worked at Fronde and Intergen, and was head of technology at Loyalist.

Next up: Designertech, Ricoh, Jericho, Ruckus, AIA,

Designertech celebrates 20th year

Designer Technology celebrated its 20th year with a gala dinner attended by 135 people across the ICT sector.

Mainfreight CIO Kevin Drinkwater (in photo below) and West Auckland Trusts CEO Simon Wickham, were among those who received client partnership awards on the night.

Guests included the original founders of Designertech – Martin Oxley, Alan Wilkinson, Kevin McFall and Sean Dick. Also attending were representatives from across the industry including Geoff Oliff (ViFX), Michael Myers and Robert Amor (University of Auckland). Marie Weaver, Jamie Corrigan from Westcon and Bruce Chamberlain.

Diamond Partner award for Ricoh New Zealand

Ricoh New Zealand has been named a Diamond partner, one of only 13 worldwide, by Kofax, a major provider of business applications software.

“The Diamond Partner status is a real point of difference for us and highlights the team’s significant technical depth and superior performance in the market,” says Ricoh NZ Managing director Mike Pollok. Ricoh has invested in 19 additional Business Solutions staff and now has the largest team of Kofax-certified consultants in New Zealand.

Kiwi executives take regional roles at Jericho

Jericho Digital Communications has appointed Lindy Shuttleworth as Digital Marketing Strategist. She has worked at Designworks, Yoobee, Ideaworks, Generator and Capital I.

It is one of two new senior appointments at Jericho. The other is John Holley, regional operational director. Both roles are based in New Zealand with a remit that extends to Asia. Holley is responsible for the delivery of digital services and the day-to-day execution of campaigns for over 500 brands in Asia Pacific.

Holley was most recently one of the lead planners for the military force that was part of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). His corporate experience includes operational roles at Visible Results and Auckland Regional Council (where he was also CIO) as well as a board member of ChildFund NZ, Accelerating Aotearoa and Liston College.

Jericho’s success in New Zealand helps fast track success across the region,’ says Chris Lowther, CEO NZ for Jericho. ‘As the technology and operations hub behind the digital success of household brand names like St George Bank, Advintage, IAG, Far East Hospitality and Flight Centre (NZ), we are keen to add the best and brightest – like John and Lindy – to the Jericho team.’

Daniel Rabinovitsj joins Ruckus Wireless as chief operating officer, coming from Qualcomm Atheros as senior vice president of the company’s infrastructure business.

The Full Suite has appointed Brett Campbell, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Nintex, to a strategic advisory role on its board. The Full Suite is Microsoft New Zealand’s Start-up Partner of the Year 2012, and has developed a platform to deliver file management and productivity tools to small-to-medium businesses around the world.

Insurer AIA New Zealand has appointed financial services operative Karin Robertson as head of operations, and Graeme Edwards as national sales manager.

Robertson joined AIA more than five years ago, while Edwards came from nib/Tower Medical Insurance and before that at Azion Wellness in Australia.

Silicon Valley-educated execs launch Kiwi start-up

Two Silicon Valley educated executives – Kenneth Ho and Charles La have launched a tech start-up which they say is designed to revolutionise the local cleaning industry.

The SpongeHero site will use a sophisticated algorithm to pair independent cleaning contractors with customers based on a number of criteria relevant to their needs and the cleaner’s availability.

“The new cloud based platform that goes online today will use technology to allow customers greater flexibility and efficiency when making bookings and monitoring the quality of service. Future enhancements to the platform will provide clients with more visibility around the time it takes the cleaner to perform the service, and the actual work that has been performed, both of which have been major issues within the industry previously,” says Ho.

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