Vector is remaining coy about the progress of its integration with the IT systems of UnitedNetworks, which it acquired last year, despite advertising for a business systems manager.
Spokeswoman Charlene White acknowledges that recruitment of an inhouse IT team is under way, but she says the integration of the two is "still being carried out". Vector's and UnitedNetworks' ways of doing things "aren't too dissimilar", she says.
UnitedNetworks outsourced most of its IT to HDS at the time it was bought by Vector. White says the new Vector IT structure will be a mix of an inhouse IT team and outsourced services. "And we also use a range of outside consultants."
Vector's advertisment for a business systems manager earlier this month specified that applicants will "ideally have 10 years' practical experience, preferably with applications such as Siebel and Smallworld". Siebel is a CRM suite while Smallworld is a geographical information system (GIS).
Vector was a finalist at the 2002 Computerworld Excellence Awards for its implementation of a GIS system which involved integrating the customer, network and financial management systems into one.