Roger Jones holds a C-level role at Auckland Transport (AT), as executive general manager technology, which also involves being the co-executive leadership team lead of the customer and innovation committee.
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Piers Shore increased the focus on digital delivery within his leadership team following a review of IT-related activity across business units. The aim is to identify duplicate or inefficient spend that would be more efficient if centralised to IT. This has provided a centralised development capability for digital initiatives across Fonterra.
Allan Lightbourne, chief digital officer at Tauranga City Council, got his team members to work with their colleagues from across the organisation, and look at the city’s key challenges that could be alleviated by technology.
“We use technology for competitive advantage in a traditional industry sector,” says Brian Northern, group CIO at Fulton Hogan
“My team is predominantly embedded into other functional areas,” says Andrew Haddad, CIO of Vodafone New Zealand. “We work in an agile manner, which is an inherently innovative way of working in a large organisation, and aim to support all other teams to be successful via great digital platforms.”
Harmoney had just celebrated its fifth year and has grown from a startup to a strong successful business, says its CTO Andrew Bates.
healthAlliance, in partnership with the district health boards, has for the past two years been delivering the the Northern Region Information Systems Strategic Plan, one of the largest digital transformations in New Zealand.
“Critical to the success of any CIO is the team around them, and the most important lesson I have learned has been to ensure that I put in place the most effective team possible,” says Mandy Kennedy, chief technology officer of Regional Facilities Auckland.
Shehan Bala says he constantly challenges other leaders within UneeQ to critically assess whether or not everything they are doing right now is directly moving them towards their vision for the company. “This is an important health check to ensure that we are using data and evidence to confirm that we are delivering value to our customers, and not getting led astray by confirmation bias,” says Bala, chief product officer at UneeQ, the Kiwi firm that provides AI-powered digital humans to organisations across the globe.
AUT has implemented the most comprehensive cybersecurity campaign, which not only addressed threats behind the scenes, but also increased awareness among staff and students, says its CIO Liz Gosling. “While cybersecurity may be regarded by some as ‘housekeeping’, the increasing sophistication of threats means the risk of members of staff and students being exposed to them are greater. This can no longer be seen as business as usual at the university."
“My approach is to let business users make informed choices and create compelling business cases that are win/wins,” says Contact Energy CIO Iain Gauld.
Jennifer Sepull highlights her team’s work on the company-wide programme to improve Air New Zealand’s On Time Performance (OTP) metrics, which led to a raft of innovations across the business
“Chief digital officer is a new role at Z Energy, and with that came a lot of freedom to set my own path,” says Mandy Simpson.
Richard Wyke, chief product officer at Figured, works with market leaders to develop product and technology solutions, so that Figured can stretch its capabilities and open up new opportunities. This has led to the development of products like Figured Benchmarking, scenario planning and their work with BNZ on the response to M.Bovis.
Richard Kay knows being Chief Digital Officer of New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE) means any actions he and his team undertake will have impact across international borders.