PwC quietly heads to IPO

The New Zealand branch of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting pleaded a need to not talk to the media in light of the spin-off of the consulting division in August, which will involve PwC Consulting being given the interesting moniker Monday.

The New Zealand branch of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting pleaded a need to not talk to the media in light of the spin-off of the consulting division in August, which will involve PwC Consulting being given the interesting moniker Monday.

PwC Consulting’s website says the company’s IT services comprise four broad categories -- systems integration, data warehousing and data mining, IT business management and programme management.

Partners in systems integration include Intel, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems and HP, which in 2000 bid to buy PwC Consulting but subsequently backed out.

In New Zealand, PwC Consulting is believed to have approximately 25 IT staff.

For data warehousing and data mining, partners include Microsoft, SAS and Cognos and in the IT business sphere, BMC is a partner.

A major endeavour PwC is currently involved in is Land Information New Zealand’s Landonline project. The project has a budget of around $145 million and involves the automation of title and transaction documents relating to property sales and purchases.

Landonline project manager Terry Jackson says Land Information NZ has had a relationship with PwC consulting since 1998 and, of Landonline, “like any project we’ve had our ups and downs but we’ve always found PwC professional and we have a good relationship”.

PwC is building some software for the project, which uses an Infomix database, Jackson says.

Another project PwC is involved in is the Local Government Online e-procurement system. The project, which also involves TelstraClear, Geac, Fujitsu and EDIS (the BNZ’s electronic trading system provider) involves PwC providing integration services to enable delivery of EDIS’ LGOL.Procure system with back-office financial systems.

PwC is also involved in the growing field of computer forensics, with the company employing several fulltime staff in that area.

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