Six consortia began lengthy presentations earlier this month to Westpac in Australia to provided standardised toolsets across the wider organisation.
Though the multimillion-dollar project will be driven from Australia, Westpac New Zealand is represented during the presentations because of the likely effect on the local operation.
The make-up of the respective consortia is not known, but is said to include vendors Mercury Interactive, Rational Software, Borland, Compuware and Computer Associates.
Westpac Australia and its subsidiary Bankers Trust have traditionally used Mercury Interactive but Westpac New Zealand has focused on Rational.
The project is known as Strategic Change Process and Tools AWG, and is said to be about minimising risk at an enterprise level. It is a two-part project, based firstly around product, and secondly Westpac’s investment to develop IP in toolsets. The bank is expected to spend at least twice as much on the latter part of the project as on the product-related part. It has already spent several hundred thousand dollars in New Zealand upgrading its testing infrastructure.
A Westpac New Zealand spokesman referred inquiries to Westpac Australia, which did not respond to Computerworld by deadline.