Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


New Zealand Red Cross building business resilience

New Zealand Red Cross building business resilience

New Zealand Red Cross is moving its IT system to the cloud to improve resilience from natural disasters.

In one of the most significant IT projects involving large charities and NGO’s, New Zealand Red Cross says it is on the cutting edge of the cloud switch over.

The move is happening with help from Wellington IT Company McDonalds IT.

“We began working with New Zealand Red Cross about 9 months ago, initially checking out the lay of the land with their IT system. It was clear some improvements could be made,” says Tony McDonald, Director, McDonalds IT.

New Zealand Red Cross Head Office is in Wellington where most of the servers are tending to the needs of approximately 350 staff around the country.

New Zealand Red Cross Chief Information Officer Wayne Sims joined the organisation last April and after carrying a number of infrastructure audits he realised that improving resilience was going to be a key focus for the organisation .

“The key success criteria is that if a natural disaster hits Wellington then we can have the national office offline, but the rest of the country will remain operational.

“We can then set up a Business Continuity Plan which would enable the national roles to be picked up in other centres. It would also mean that if a disaster hit anywhere else in New Zealand the work from that particular office could be carried out in other centres too.”

Mr McDonald says the project has been an interesting and very significant job.

“First we had to bring the servers up to scratch before converting both the physical and virtual data onto disks.

“We had to do this with the first server on a Friday, courier the disk to Auckland (where it’s being stored) over the weekend, then have everything running as usual for staff when they came in on Monday morning.

“We have now proved that this will work and it will take us about another 3 months to complete the rest of the project.”
Mr McDonald says McDonalds IT will manage all of the charity’s servers from now on.

“We offer a fully managed service and we do all the watering and feeding for that service.”

Mr McDonald says his company deals with a lot of charities and NGO’s but New Zealand Red Cross is one of the biggest it has helped move to the cloud.

“We don’t see ourselves as an outsource partner – we see ourselves as an integral part of New Zealand Red Cross. We assist with decisions involving the architecture and road maps for New Zealand Red Cross and to do this we really have to understand the business.”

Mr McDonald says McDonalds IT is the first loyalty partner engaged by Red Cross. McDonalds IT has already donated $25,000 to the charity and intends to do so again this year.
Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Plain Packs Plan: Gordon Campbell On Tobacco Politicking (And The TPP Death Watch)

Has Act leader David Seymour got the easiest job in the world, or what? Roll out of bed, turn on the radio and hmm…there do seem to be a lot of problems out there in the world. Must think of something. And so it came to pass that this morning, David Seymour took up his sword and shield to fight for a world that’s about to be denied the rich and vibrant beauty of tobacco advertising. More>>

ALSO:

.


RECENT TPP MEETING:

Professor Ian Shirley: The Budget That Failed Auckland

The 2016 budget offered Auckland nothing in the way of vision or hope and it continued the National Government’s threats against the Auckland Council. Threatening the Council with over-riding its democratic processes if it fails to release land for housing is a bullying tactic aimed at diverting attention away from the fundamental problems with housing in the region. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Post Cab Presser: Budgets, Trusts And Pacific Diplomacy

Today Prime Minister John Key summarised last week’s budget and provided further detail about his upcoming trip to Fiji. He said that there has been “plenty going on” in the last couple of weeks and emphasised the need for Auckland council to facilitate more housing supply. More>>

ALSO:

Max Rashbrooke: A Failure Of Measurement: Inside The Budget Lock-Up

Shortly after the embargo lifted at 2pm news organisations started filing reports claiming that health, and to a lesser extent housing and education, were the ‘big winners’ out of the Budget. It failed to take into account the fact that in most cases the apparent increases were in fact cuts. Because of the twin effects of inflation and population. More>>

ALSO:

DOCtored Figures: Minister Clarifies DOC Budget

“Commentators have overlooked the fact $20.7m of that perceived shortfall is new funding for Battle for our Birds 2016, provided for in last week’s Budget...” DOC also has approval in principle to carry over a further $20m to 16/17 due to unexpected delays in a number of projects. More>>

ALSO:

For The Birds: Gordon Campbell On The Budget

Budgies, so their Wikipedia page says, are popular pets around the world due to their small size, low cost, and ability to mimic human speech. Which is a reasonably good description of Finance Minister Bill English eighth Budget. . More>>

Max Rashbrooke On The 2016 Budget

The best label for this year’s announcement by Bill English might be the ‘Bare Minimum Budget’. It does the bare minimum to defuse potential political damage in a range of areas – homelessness and health are prime among them – but almost nothing to address the country’s most deep-rooted, systemic social problems. Indeed the Budget hints that these problems may get worse. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bank Scandals (And Air Crashes)

Last month, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) filed proceedings against Westpac over activities that have some distinct echoes of the Libor scandal. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news