Contact man is CIO of year

Iain Graham of Contact Energy was named "CIO of the year" at an awards presentation in front of more than 500 people in Auckland on Friday night.

Iain Graham (pictured) of Contact Energy was named “CIO of the year” at an awards presentation in front of more than 500 people in Auckland on Friday night.

Graham joined Contact at its formation in 1996 and is credited with helping integrate the people, processes and systems of 11 separate retail operations into one entity. The award judges say Graham’s achievements and personal style won the day.

The CIO prize was just one of 14 handed out at the 2003 Computerworld Excellence Awards. More than 140 organisations lodged more than 160 entries.

The “most significant contribution to IT” award went to telecommunications user group TUANZ, which last year staged a major event designed to spur uptake of broadband internet services. TUANZ has also played a key part in reshaping the New Zealand telecommunications environment, which is finally starting to attract new entrants who promise greater choice for subscribers.

Dairy giant Fonterra, which is in the process of evaluating bids for the outsourcing of its IT systems, took two awards — for “excellence in the use of IT for business intelligence” and “most successful project implementation”.

Fonterra, like Contact Energy, is another relatively new entity, and the winning business intelligence project involved creating a data warehouse in the ingredients-

operations division to enable reporting on key performance indicators.

But the project hailed “most successful” was Fonterra’s 15-month, $8million effort to integrate 18 different systems into a single Oracle-based system. Project MIA (manufacturing integrated applications) involved 120 implementation staff and 2500 users across 16 geographically dispersed sites, and cost $100,000 less than was budgeted.

The Ministry of Economic Development was recognised for “overall excellence in the use of IT” for the creation of the Personal Property Securities Register, billed as the country’s first fully electronic register.

The register project was also the winner in the “excellence in the use of IT in government” awards category.

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