TVNZ goes with Oxygen for SAP

TVNZ has awarded the contract to outsource its SAP functions to Oxygen. Oxygen, Carter Holt Harvey's IT outsourcing arm, employs more than 200 staff, including 40 in Melbourne. The company recently appointed former Jade executive Mike Smith as its new head.

TVNZ has awarded the contract to outsource its SAP functions to Oxygen. Oxygen, Carter Holt Harvey's IT outsourcing arm, employs more than 200 staff, including 40 in Melbourne.

The company recently appointed former Jade executive Mike Smith as its new head.

The state-owned TV company uses SAP for its financials and its production and operations management such as scheduling facilities. It upgraded the lease on the servers for the SAP system as part of its Y2K readiness, and the two-year lease is about to run out.

TVNZ also expects to go live with its new i2-based e-procurement system within the next few months. TVNZ IT manager Neil Andrew says the system, which is being implemented by IBM, will allow staff to look up the catalogues of companies with which TVNZ has agreements and place orders. It will also automate the approval process, routing orders to whoever has approval ability.

“For some systems we have decided to continue running them in house," Andrew said earlier this year, "but for others that are not mission-critical we have decided to try and save money and get better redundancy through outsourcing."

In April Andrew would not say who had been shortlisted for the contract.

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