One large user of Geac’s software is unconcerned by the vendor’s plan to reshuffle its operations in the region.
Auckland Regional Council CIO Tony Darby says the ERP software supplier informed the council shortly before Christmas of some consolidation.
“We think that’s quite a positive thing, but as far as further consolidation is concerned, I don’t see how they could consolidate any more. They do all development from Adelaide and I don’t see how they could move support from New Zealand.”
The pre-Christmas consolidation related to management changes, Darby says.
Geac confirms it plans to further consolidate its New Zealand and Australian operations, but says any steps in that direction are more than a year away.
In a statement to Computerworld, Europe and Asia-Pacific vice-president, Bertrand Sciard says talk that Geac’s Australasian arms are consolidating “is not a rumour”, but added that “nothing will happen in the next 12 months, as our priority is not in this part of the world”.
Several senior Geac staff have left the company recently, including former Asia-Pacific managing director Graeme Riley (pictured) and New Zealand local government sales manager David Guy. Riley has moved to SSA Global.
In 2002 Auckland Regional Council entered into a three-year, $11 million deal with EDS under which EDS operates the council’s Geac Pathway billing system to collect ARC rates from Auckland’s city councils.
Darby says the arrangement is “working fine and tracking along”, and the council is in quiet phase regarding IT in the aftermath of such a big implementation.
“We’re just consolidating after the project.”