Stories by Randal Jackson

  • Wang NZ carries on without a chief

    Wang New Zealand is in the unusual position of management by committee which, it said when announcing its annual results recently, is working very smoothly. The vendor has been without a chief executive officer since Doug Wilson resigned at the end of April and is unlikely to appoint another in the foreseeable future, until the acquisition of Blue Star Business Solutions, of which Wang is a part, from US Office Products, is finalised.

  • ERP systems not path to increased profit

    ERP software is not the answer to improving a customer's profit, says the head of one supply-chain software and implementation organisation. "CEOs around the country have all had three or four ERP systems over the past 20 years," claimed John Quirk, the CEO of Motherwell Information Systems, Asia-Pacific.

  • Gateway eyes PC Direct as US Office Products dithers

    PC vendor Gateway has reportedly done due diligence on assembler's PC Direct at a time when PC Direct's parent organisation, US Office Products (USOP), appears to be in financial strife. PC Direct is a subsidiary of Blue Star, which in turn is owned by USOP. It belongs to the Blue Star Solutions Group. However, PC Direct and another subsidiary, Ubix, are regarded by some in the industry as the weak links in the Blue Star stable. IDC Australasia Research general manager Graham Penn confirms that Gateway executives have visited PC Direct and that they have looked at the company under due diligence. He said, however, that it could be some time before a decision is made.

  • IBM NZ too quiet for its own good

    A decision made in Australia that IBM New Zealand should not, for the first time, announce its local results ranks as one of the worst public relations blunders for many a year. It's been widely thought for some time that IBM locally had a bad fiscal 1997. However, IBM's managing director Gowan Pickering has described it merely as a flat year.