Newspaper publisher INL is looking to consolidate IT and IS functions across its 19 individual business units.
Last week INL advertised for a Christchurch-based regional IS manager and is also establishing a Wellington regional IT division.
“Typically, our IS functions have been implemented by IS departments at divisional level,” says CIO Pam Nobbs.
INL’s divisions include Wellington Newspapers, the Christchurch Press Company, Sunday paper publisher INL Sundays and seven regional newspapers.
Nobbs, who became INL’s CIO in April after serving in that capacity with the Auckland District Health Board, says the restructuring plans “are still a bit draft”, but the intention is to streamline. In terms of hardware and software, “you name it, we’ve got it – we’ve got Apple Macs, PCs, Windows, DOS, dumb terminals.”
She says the consolidation will make life easier for INL’s IT suppliers. “Suppliers have had to deal with each division.”
Many divisions have equipment from different vendors performing the same function, “and even when the name’s the same, it’s configured to the individual needs of the unit”.
The first part of the review will involve software, the second infrastructure and hardware, Nobbs says.
IS job cutting is not the reason behind the restructure, she says.