TVNZ is a month away from choosing an outsourcer to run its SAP and e-procurement systems.
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 expects to go live with its new i2-based e-procurement system within the next six 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," says Andrew, "but for others that are not mission-critical we have decided to try and save money and get better redundancy through outsourcing."
Andrew would not say who has been shortlisted for the contract.
TVNZ is also reviewing the outsourcing of management of its Unix servers, which is currently done by Hewlett-Packard (formerly CSC). “With outsourcing we are always trying to reduce the number of companies that we deal with,” says Andrew.