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Tourism NZ to re-think IS after review

Tourism New Zealand is set to reassess the way its information services are being delivered.

The emphasis of the change will be on consolidation of its IT and improved mobility, as well as improved disaster recovery and generally better cost effectiveness.

TNZ has issued a request for proposal (RFP) looking to choose a “preferred partner or partners” for the rethink by mid-March.

The organisation is cautiously approaching offsite hosting, preferably consolidated to one site, to replace facilities-managed equipment and software in its Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch offices. Its current systems are managed by Axon.

“The vendor must specify how TNZs core infrastructure will be consolidated from three separate TNZ sites to a hosted offsite environment, if appropriate. The vendor must show the cost/benefit analysis of this approach,” says the RFP.

When asked whether cloud computing would be involved, a spokesman said “we are open to all solutions that meet TNZ information technology needs”.

Necessity lies at the root of the change: “The hardware, software and services associated with [TNZ’s ICT] operations are progressively coming out of their warranty or contractual periods in the 2010-2011 timeframe,” the RFP says.

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