Three in hunt for top CIO

Adam Hunt has been with Ensa since July 2001, when the pipfruit marketer was deregulating and losing its statutory monopoly.

Adam Hunt has been with Ensa since July 2001, when the pipfruit marketer was deregulating and losing its statutory monopoly.

It was a difficult time for the company in general and the IT department was experiencing difficulties related to its SAP implementation.

To make matters more complicated, Enza's owner, Guinness Peat Group, revealed plans to merge Enza with another of its assets, Turners and Growers.

That meant there were synergies to be gained from combining Enza's IT with Turners and Growers' and that path was taken, with Hunt becoming group general manager of IT for the two entities.

SAP has been successfully re-implemented and SAP financials are to be shared by the two former entities, following much work on changing the way SAP was run at Enza.

Hunt is a finalist for CIO of the year in the 2004 Computerworld Excellence Awards alongside Ed Saul (pictured left) of Tower and Garry Collings (pictured right) of TranzRail.

Collings' tenure as TranzRail CIO began in 2000. When TranzRail was separated into three business units he remained CIO, providing strategic direction across the three.

Soon after being hired he set to work on TranzRail's "Stone Age to Star Wars" IT modernisation strategy, the centrepiece of which is a recently implemented enterprise visibility system, provided by iVistra.

The purpose of the EVS was to allow TranzLink, one of the business units, to see its operation in a live, virtual environment and thus keep tabs on costs and movements far more easily and effectively.

EVS is one of 17 IT projects led by Collings so far.

Ed Saul straddles the Tasman as CIO of Tower, being responsible for both New Zealand and Australian operations.

In New Zealand his achievements include overseeing the development of a software toolbox for Tower's advisers and insurance brokers which bundles together a range of sales-related tools for advisers and brokers out in the field.

Establishing a single IT structure across Tower's four New Zealand business units, striking a deal with Axon to outsource desktop support and helpdesk functions and establishing a senior IT management team are other successfully completed projects.

Saul has also introduced new project management practices and implemented an IT strategic scorecard within the business.

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