Job duties: To write and maintain engineering and accounting programs
IT environment: VAX mini system
Title: Auckland IT manager
Employer: Sinclair Knight Merz, formerly Kingston Morrison (formerly KRTA)
Job duties: Responsible for managing the network facilities, software and computer hardware within the Auckland offices for 200 workstations.
IT environment: Novell 5.1 with 95, NT and Windows 2000 workstations
The most significant industry event of the past 15 years:
It has to be the internet and email, which has transformed businesses and home computing.
The most significant technology development of the past 15 years:
Mobile computing -- it has changed corporate computing immensely.
One technology you thought would make it but didn't:
Virtual reality -- yet.
One technology you thought wouldn't make it but did:
Worst technology decision you made in the past 15 years:
To install a standby server system -- it proved to be an extremely fragile system.
Best technology decision you made in the past 15 years:
To replace the standby server system.
Proudest IT achievement:
There is always a sense of achievement when a difficult IT problem is resolved.
Worst IT disaster:
To have all hard drives fail in a server and discover that the backups were not backing up the complete drive.