Large enterprises, complexity, multiple suppliers, demanding customers, simplification, transformation, clarity, control, performance, cost service, new systems
Setting up and transitioning service desks, reviewing, improving or designing process, workflow & interlocks, incident management, major incident management, after hours support, VIP support, security incident management, request fulfillment, price-book, change management, release management, availability management, capacity management, SLAs, reporting & metrics, vendor management, and financial management.
Customer Assignments: Spark Digital (Contact Energy), Ministry of Education, NZ Transport Agency, Vodafone (IRD & MBIE), Fronde, Gen-i (CBA Australia), ANZ Bank, Transpower, NZ Racing Board, ACC and others
New: The Story of Indian IT Professionals in New Zealand
From Yesterday to Tomorrow: 60 Years of Tech in New Zealand
Co-authored with Lalita Kasanji
India is a global IT powerhouse, and we know its tech professionals have contributed to developed nations since at least the 1970s. New Zealand too has been a beneficiary of this immense talent, and from the development of its earliest systems and infrastructure, through to the current fibre rollout, Indian IT professionals have played a significant role.
Letters from India
IT Professionals Tech Blog, Sunit Prakash, Guest Post. 09 March 2020, 5:00 am
Originally published in CIO NZ
On my sometimes annual sojourn to Mumbai, I am always struck by the changes and adaptation of technology and its impact on life and human behaviour.
CIO NZ 09 January, 2018 07:00
“We need to know as much as we can about the size, scale and nature of the digital skills shortage in the digital technology sector, and across New Zealand” - Communications Minister Clare Curran
Summary of the 7 steps to measuring the digital skills inventory
1. Demand - form a view of employers’ HR related trends
2. Supply - get a perspective from a resource perspective
3. Data, information, reports & systems
4. Add imports - validate from the larger ecosystem
5. Subtract exports - the brain drain
6. Diversity - under utilisation & under employment in the workforce
7. Learn - from countries who are exporters (and successful importers of talent)
Not very different from the kiwifruit industry and its inventory management systems I suspect !
I recently ran a couple of sessions to help skilled migrants find jobs in Wellington.
The experience highlighted key challenges the ICT sector needs to tackle as it prepares the workforce for unceasing change
CIO NZ: 09 January, 2018 07:00
I have been mentoring ICT professionals - new graduates, migrants - for years.
And, with apologies to the original Kiwi Landing Pad based in San Francisco which helps New Zealand companies gain a toehold in the US market, I raised the idea of transposing this concept for skilled migrants.
I called it the Wellington-based Kiwi Landing Pad for skilled migrants.
“We are setting out to challenge and be challenged – we encourage all interested parties to be involved in strategy development.” - 9 Recommendations; October 2016
Guest Blog: Astute Solutions, July 2014
Social media and brands: for big companies this can often cause panic, fear, and stress because they worry about a negative post going viral, or having no social customer strategy at all. We’ve posted about the negative effects of social media too, but how about turning it on its head and focussing on positive customer engagement instead?
Guestblog, Institute of IT Professionals Techblog, Dec 2011
Laurence Millar kicked off a whole chain of thoughts when I attended his NZCS session "Agenda for the Digital Economy". He inspired me to write this article, about Indian students coming to study in New Zealand, Indian organisations servicing New Zealand, New Zealand organisations exploring India - and the challenges and opportunities this presents to New Zealand.
ComputerWorld, October 2007
Many IT companies have learnt that to succeed in business you can not save your way to success - you need to add value to prosper and grow
The Independent, Aug 2008
India may well prove to be a more accessible and rewarding market than China for New Zealand's export driven businesses.
NZ Institute of Director's BoardRoom Magazine, July 2008
Can the lessons from New Zealand's FTA with China be applied to India ?
Guest Editorial in the New Zealand Reseller News, October 2007
The business model of Nasdaq listed ERP vendors, and the business of support.
Guest article on e-enabling and connecting corner dairies with a common infrastructure and network; The Dominion IT Weekly; October 1994
The activities and elements that need to be in place to set up and run an effective & successful service delivery & support organisation.
0. Business Philosophy, strategy & drivers
Business case, business plan, overall strategy & model
Location, hiring, infrastructure, core systems, processes
Tools, support platform, call logging, telephony, call routing, multi-channel support
Effective teams, appraisals, goal setting, compensation, incentives, rewards, rostering, career planning & growth, retention, succession planning, knowledge management, training & development, team dynamics & staff morale, energising, transforming & invigorating the team, internal comms
Segmentation, relationship, key accounts, customer communications, new customer onboarding, customer satisfaction benchmarking, measurement, improvement, proactive service, escalations, intensive care, reference customers, marketing communications, customer loyalty, user groups
Billing, renewals, retention, budgeting, forecasting, new business dev, new offerings, support & service programs, service & support models, contracts, grand-fathering & retiring old versions and superseded contracts, (multi)-vendor & alliance management
Reporting, KPIs, scorecards, capacity planning, escalations, critical situations, call flow models, service delivery, continual improvement, alliances, external providers, offshore providers, 3rd level support, organisational readiness for new products, versions & releases, 24 hr support
Customer satisfaction measurement, benchmarking & improvement, matrixed organisations, local vs global, ITIL, Lean, ISO20000, frameworks, standards
8. Mergers, Acquisition, Exit
Integration of operations on account of mergers & acquisitions, divestitures & spinoffs, exits
Consulting, Project Management, Business Analysis
Some real customer pain points ...
The service delivery is not working for us, what should we do
We have two distinct service management models, how do we integrate them
We are moving to a new supplier, what should we want
We need to quickly establish credibility with a demanding new customer can you help us
We are negotiating a contract, we need someone who understands service management & procurement
Our service delivery needs improvement, can you perform a maturity assessment and help us improve
Our customer is in intensive care, can you help in recovery
Our auditors have identified process shortcomings; can you help us resolve them
We are rolling out new technical solutions to our clients all the time, every day, we need them to be handed over to BAU support in an orderly manner please !
Our customers satisfaction needs to be improved, can we look at our processes
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Coach, guide & mentor to skilled new immigrants and a sought after mentor to teams at StartUp Weekends, the R9 Accelerator and the KiwBank FinTech Accelerator. Experienced on Not For Profit boards.
Globally and locally experienced professional with core competencies in IT Service Management covering strategy, design, transition, operations & improvement.
Successful outcomes at Ministry of Education, Vodafone, Telecom, Fronde, Gen-i, ANZ, Transpower, Racing Board, ACC and others.
Qualifications include ITIL & Consultant Level ISO20000 certification. Recently completed TOGAF Level 1 & 2; familiar with COBIT, Prince2 & PMBOK.
Previously responsible for running a business unit of USD32M with responsibility for the Asia Pacific Japan region for NASDAQ listed ERP vendor Baan in Sydney.
Used to communicating effectively up to C-level, pulling together and leading high performing teams, and delivering high quality business outcomes.
Published author, writer, reviewer of international service management publications, speaker at conferences, trainer, occasional blogger & tweeter.
Core strengths comprise business, IT operations & lean thinking; add project management, governance and enterprise architecture; garnish with security, mobility, and an understanding of social & digital channels.
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MBA, ITIL, Certified ISO20000 Consultant, TOGAF 9.1 Enterprise Architect, Member Institute of IT Professionals, Chartered IT Professional
Coaching, Guiding & Mentoring New Skilled Immigrants
Someone gave me a leg up when I first arrived in New Zealand, many were kind and generous to a fault.
Now in a position to pay if forward, I find myself coaching, guiding & mentoring skilled new immigrants to New Zealand - with very "deep-down-inside" satisfying results.
Currently documenting their stories and successes as case studies; and finding & connecting with like-minded people and organisations.
4WD & Travel
As a family we decided to pull our son out of school for a term and see some of Australia before we headed home to Wellington.
The result was an epic 80 day, 21,000 km 4WD trip through the centre of Australia from Sydney to Broome, and then back again the long way.
We have seen more of Australia than most Australians and are so much the richer for it.
Here is a link to a clip if you are interested !
I believe people like myself who are local in Australia, New Zealand & India have a role to play in building bridges between the countries... I play my small part by informally guiding businesses interested in these markets.