Earthquake strengthening prompts Wellington Council to sign Revera

Wellington City Council appoints new manager of IT/IM

Wellington City Council has selected Revera to house all of its IT equipment at Revera’s Trentham datacentre.

The council says it’s a hosting service only and that no staff will lose their jobs.

The primary reason for the move to Trentham is that the council’s current computer room is located in the Wellington Town Hall, which will soon be undergoing earthquake strengthening work.

“The project has started and planning is under way for the move,” the council says in an email. “We will also possibly use Revera’s datacentre at Albany to host our disaster recovery environment.”

The council has also confirmed that it is looking to upgrade its electronic document management (EDM) platform to Open Text.

“The next stage of the project will be a proof of concept phase which is scheduled for April 2012. Window Logic will be supporting the proof of concept phase of the project.”

Window Logic was set up by former Techtonics employees. Techtonics holds the agency for OpenText.

Wellington City Council has been working collaboratively with other councils in the Central New Zealand Alliance (a group of local authorities in the area bounded by Taranaki and Hawkes Bay in the north, and Nelson in the south) on a joint investigation of options for the next generation of EDM solutions.

WCC issued a request for proposal last year, the focus of which was the functional requirements of an enterprise content management (ECM) shared service and an initial, full deployment to the council and that lays the foundations for potential further application of the ECM to the five participating councils and, potentially, further councils.

The five are Greater Wellington Regional Council, Kapiti Coast District Council, Porirua City Council, Upper Hutt City Council and Hutt City Council.

The RFP says that it is intended that an ‘Eligible Authority’ clause in the final contract will allow any local authority or local government entity to enter into their own contract at any stage during its term, using the terms and conditions agreed with Wellington City Council as a base for their own contract, and retaining responsibility for their own contract administration and management.

New appointments

Meanwhile, the council has appointed Channa Jayasinha manager IT/IM. He previously held the role as director Joint Border Management System at the Ministry of Primary Industry, and earlier worked at the Department of Conservation.

In addition, Revera has appointed Robin Cockayne CEO, replacing Gael Hargreaves, who resigned late in 2012 to pursue other opportunities, the company says in a statement.

Cockayne joined Revera in 2004 and has held several product and business development roles, most recently as general manager business development. He has been a member of Revera’s senior leadership team since 2005.

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