WorkTech picks up US work

NZ developers 'better and cheaper'

Work Technology NZ is undertaking major redevelopment of its US parent company’s time management products for two new large US clients.

Texas Genco, one of the largest electricity generators in the US, and BP Texas City have bought the WorkTech Time Suite, a fully featured time management system from Work Technology Corporation.

WorkTech NZ managing director John Abbott says the suite is being redeveloped from Centura-based client-server into .Net. "As the modules are completed, they are being made available in new releases to our other customers," he says. "There are more than 200 companies using our products.’ They include several BP sites, major utilities, ports and the US Navy and Air Force.

The New Zealand subsidiary was established early in the 1990s to provide development services for WorkTech Corp, which is based in Boston.

The application suite, WorkTech Time/CCTS, assists primarily in containing costs by ensuring efficient use of expensive equipment; but the central data repository it establishes can be turned to a number of other areas such as human resources, accounts, time-and-motion studies and machine maintenance schedules.

Jack Hall, chief of Boston-based WorkTech, first set foot in New Zealand in 1993 when brought in to a project for the Electricity Corporation of NZ (ECNZ).

He created a system to match invoices to the records coming from ECNZ’s Maximo asset management and maintenance system, engaging local developers, who went on to become the foundation of WorkTech NZ.

Hall prefers New Zealand’s developers — not just on cost, but because they seem to be more disciplined than their counterparts in the US.

"They work no more than a 40-hour week, but they achieve as much as developers in the US would take about 60 hours to do," he says.

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