Christchurch Airport's Ready For Olympic Take Off
Christchurch Airport's Financial Systems Ready For Olympic Take-Off
13 September 1999 - Christchurch International Airport Limited (CIAL) has gone live with its new SunSystems financial management software from Olympic Software Ltd.
The state-of-the-art software system was commissioned as part of Christchurch International Airport's long term strategy of continuous improvement - especially in the area of information services.
Designed and implemented to facilitate activity-based reporting within the airport operation, SunSystems is now the central repository of financial information for all divisions of the Company, including the world famous Antarctic Visitor Centre, the Travel and Information Centre and Maintenance Operation. Each has its own business information system which reports to the central SunSystem.
According to CIAL's development accountant Andrew Souness, a key requirement of the system was to handle the diverse range of activities managed by the company. CIAL owns the terminals, runways, the Rescue Fire Operation and buildings housing 130 lessees. These include airlines, banks, retail shops, fuel companies, Police, aviation workshops, Immigration, MAF, engineering facilities, Antarctic New Zealand, the National Science Foundation and a number of Government Departments.
"One of the reasons SunSystem was chosen was because of the ability to attach codes to each transaction. It accepts information from various specialised systems, and collates and disseminates information in a number of ways for management's use," he said.
Also project manager for the new installation, Mr Souness explains that with so many sources of data it's extremely useful to be able to extract detailed information. "For example if someone does some work on a runway we can find out what they did, what costs were incurred and the nature of the expense," he said. "That's a real strength in a management information system."
Not surprisingly, CIAL finds another major attribute of the SunSystem is its speed compared with the 11-year-old system it replaced. Andrew Souness gives an example. "We were asked to present financial statements for 1998 and 1999 in a different format from that which we normally use," he said. "The 1998 figures were still on the old system and it took three weeks of manual work to complete the task. With the 1999 figures on the new SunSystem, the work was finished in two days."
CIAL also asked Olympic to supply two additional modules to the base SunSystems solution for billing and cash management. In response, Olympic Software developed and implemented an airline billing system, which charges airlines for using CIAL facilities, plus a cash management system which links the SunSystem to an external banking system supplied by CIAL's bankers.
Andrew Souness said Olympic Software was selected as their supplier because they had a track record of successfully delivering mission critical software - and that he could see a long-term partnership developing between the two organisations. "SunSystems provides best of breed financial management information, including Year 2000 compliance, high functionality, excellent reporting and open integration. Combined with the high level of support we receive from Olympic Software, it has proved to be a winning combination," he said.