Optimation acts as firms' CIO

Technology consultant Optimation claims success by acting as a firm's information chief.

Technology consultant Optimation claims success by acting as a firm’s information chief.

“We come in at a consulting perspective and a supplier of services. Some companies say ‘you be our CIO’,” says northern region manager Paul Monks.

Optimation specialises in IT infrastructure, supplying services such as e-business applications and managing security. It also operates a development centre, saying firms increasingly outsource this work. Customers include ANZ Bank, NZ Post, Vodafone, Royal Sun Alliance, the Dairy Board, Winz, Metservice and WestpacTrust.

For the Metservice, the company is rewriting some of its core weather information systems, which may improve weather forecasts.

“We [also] run the Galaxy e-business application for Wendy Pye’s Sunshine Multimedia education products for children. We designed the delivery mechanism through the net so that everybody can log in to a Wendy Pye training programme,” says Monks.

“The essence is what we do behind the servers. Most people think the graphics is the website. But for business, the value is from the databases behind - the ease you can buy things, approve credit card details. We did the database, hosting, etc,” he says.

Wendy Pye finance manager Anne Stewart says it has used Optimation for about four years. "We are certainly happy with it. It is not cheap, but I doubt any of them are," she says.

Optimation has also implemented a flight information system at Wellington Airport and is now on “a project” for a travel company. It has been working with government for eight years.

The eight-year-old firm, launched in the capital, presently employs 100 people in New Zealand, plus 15 across the Tasman, with hopes of it employing 200 in a year or so. The company opened an office in Australia last year. Its bosses claim annual 30% growth for more than five years.

Monks expects further joint ventures, adding to the Secure 24 product developed in partnership with Albany-based Logical.

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