Eagle joins franchiser in New Horizons venture

Eagle Technology and Computer Training Services, which holds the New Horizons franchise in New Zealand, have formed a joint venture company, Learning Technologies, to manage the franchise. Eagle has 51% of the joint venture company. New Horizons is the largest personal computer training franchise in the world, offering integrated computer training services in more than 180 locations around the world. It has been operating in New Zealand for two years, during which time it has expanded from small premises in Auckland with seven staff to fully equipped facilities in Auckland and Wellington with a staff of 50.

Eagle Technology and Computer Training Services, which holds the New Horizons franchise in New Zealand, have formed a joint venture company, Learning Technologies, to manage the franchise. Eagle has 51% of the joint venture company.

New Horizons is the largest personal computer training franchise in the world, offering integrated computer training services in more than 180 locations around the world.

It has been operating in New Zealand for two years, during which time it has expanded from small premises in Auckland with seven staff to fully equipped facilities in Auckland and Wellington with a staff of 50.

Computer Training Services chairman Des Morrison says New Horizons was expanding “at a rate of knots” and was looking for a partner to invest capital.

“We recently set up a corporate and government unit and are looking to expand that,” he says.

Eagle managing director Trevor Eagle says there is a strong need for education, particularly in the modern world of relocation and redundancies. “I recently spent a couple of days at the Foresight conference with Maurice Will-iamson. There was a loud and clear call for education. We looked out at 2010, then back to see what had to be done to get there. It was decided something had to be done about education.

“It’s clear that every kid needs IT literacy. It’s as important as reading.

“Personally, I don’t think we can do it through the existing bricks and mortar set-up. We need to set up a virtual training college and train the teachers how to use it to provide advanced teaching for the kids.

“It hasn’t worked through the Education Department in the past and I can’t see it working in the future.”

Eagle says New Horizons operates as an independent company and has close associations with all vendors and integrators.

Record company reaps benefits from upgrade

By Andrea Malcolm

Technology upgrades are bringing significant productivity advantages at Universal Music New Zealand, cutting the time to key in month-end records by more than 50%.

Last year, revenues for the record company exceeded $9 million in New Zealand and the recent number one hit from Danish group Aqua should add to the company’s success, says finance director Marlene Barwick.

Universal Music New Zealand, which distributes labels such as MCA, Geffen, GRP and Interscope, has upgraded its financial system from the DOS version of Platinum to Platinum for Windows. The upgrade, by Platinum reseller Formula Systems, took less than a day, says Barwick. Platinum for Windows is now the standard financial software platform for Universal Music in the Asia-Pacific region.

Paying creditors is another area where Universal is saving time. “We’ve installed ANZ Direct, which allows us to pay creditors by direct debit rather than writing cheques.

“The next step is a link from our general ledger and accounts payable to upload directly to ANZ, without any keying. Formula Systems is developing this for us, with the costs potentially being shared jointly by ourselves and another record company.”

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