Think revamp, intranet, VPN, think Lighting Direct

Lighting Direct is casting round for a new management software system to accompany an imminent virtual private network as replacement for its CBA2000 financials software.

Lighting Direct is casting round for a new management software system to accompany an imminent virtual private network as replacement for its CBA2000 financials software.

The light fittings firm says it has received “very good” interest in a expressions of interest tender, to be followed by a request for proposals, for IT functions including financial and document management, human resources, warehouse, distribution and retail management.

IT manager Geoff Pike is pleased with the amount of interest. “There are a lot of solutions out there.”

The expressions of interest have come mainly from multinational software companies with New Zealand branches, but some local outfits have also put their hands up, he says.

The new software will run on an IP-based virtual private network and intranet the company is building, Pike says. “The VPN and intranet are very important to us — with Lighting Direct being involved in the distribution of new products, we need to get that information out to staff so they can supply it.”

All Lighting Direct outlets will be connected via the VPN and will run on either Windows 2000 Professional or XP, with most of the new software browser-enabled, Pike says.

Pike declined to name the providers of the VPN and intranet but says they are scheduled to be fully up and running in September, with the new software to be added after that.

Expressions of interest close on July 19.

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