Business Memory Lane – IT Profiles A Decade Ago (B)

Business 4: SYDNEY WEST AREA HEALTH SERVICE

Senior IT executive John Haswell, CIO
Reports to: Bill Morfis, director finance and budget
Operating systems: Windows XP/2003/NT, Unix, Novell NetWare
Database systems: MS SQL Server, Oracle, Sybase
Applications: Business Objects, Oracle
IT staff: 80
IT budget: Up

THE SYDNEY West Area Health Service is concentrating on providing enhanced access to information with additional peripheral devices across all ward areas in the 13 hospitals within the organisation. A major investment is under way to replace the existing pathology system that covers three Area Health Services, and is making sound progress in the integrations of all of the laboratories across the service. SWANS in conjunction with NSW Health has commenced the implementation of an organisation-wide picture archiving system (PACS), making radiology and other medical images available online across all PCs. The project started in 2007-08 and is phased on the availability of cash flow and savings over a further two financial years. Additional and replacement investment is also going into telecommunications infrastructure within each facility, and the networking between the hospitals and community health centres.

Business 5: MONASH UNIVERSITY

Senior IT executive: Alan McMeekin, executive director IT services
Reports to: Peter Marshall, vice-president administration
Operating systems: Windows XP, Linux, Novell NetWare, Solaris
Database systems: Oracle Applications: SAP
IT staff: 320
IT budget: Up

NOT MANY IT departments have to deal with synchrotrons, a type of particle accelerator. Monash University’s does. The department is near completion of a project called ARCHER that it says “has created new paradigms and tools for sharing and managing the massive volumes of research data we see coming from the new generation of research instrumentation such as the Australian Synchrotron.” It has also completed its Large Research Data Store project, which provides “physical storage to large and small data sets and [allows] researchers to easily collaborate and share the data with their research teams and partners”. Collaboration is also on the agenda for more prosaic reasons. Unified communications and video conferencing are being considered by the university. A new PAM( is in the works, as is a new fleet of PCs for which the university expects to issue a tender back in the days. Server and storage virtualisation are also on the agenda and the university is also looking closely at CRM.

Business 6: GENERAL MOTORS HOLDEN

Senior IT executive: Pierre Matthee, CIO
Reports to: Mark Reuss, chairman and MD
Operating systems: Windows XP/2003/2000, HP Unix, 05/400, Solaris
Database systems: IBM DB2 UDB, MS SQL Server, Oracle
Applications: PeopleSoft, SAP, Veritas
IT staff: 20
IT budget: Undisclosed

GENERAL MOTORS Holden last year offered the cryptic nugget that it intended to adopt its parent company’s global infrastructure for its local operations. This year, it seems the company may have made a huge move. In the past, the company has outsourced 100 per cent of its IT, with EDS generally connected to the company. The company’s information systems and services department articulates its role on the Holden website as “a quality service provider to the business functions of Holden”. However, there is another statement that, “there are significant challenges and complexities that require a highly skilled management team with significant experience in planning, architecture and program and project management, given the successful introduction of another key strategic IT supplier”. We’re not sure who this new supplier is, because no major player that we can detect has claimed Holden as a new client.