Posts by Glenn Pearce

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  • Hard News: Paths where we actually ride, in reply to Dan Salmon,

    Yes, well, the Central Interceptor is supposed to provide some of the answer, but there was some debate about whether Meola Creek would be made better or worse by that $800 million dollar project and still about 10 years away from completion.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10898489

    I don't think Coxs Bay is in the catchment of the Central Interceptor either, nor the houses on the Westmere peninsular overlooking Meola Reef. They still have the 90 year old combined sewerage and stormwater drains that overflow directly into the sea. Although a large number of them that have been renovated in the last 10-12 years will have been forced to add stormwater rentention tanks as part of the consenting process.

    I do feel for the various community groups that have the periodic working bees to clean up Meola Creek and Coxs Bay, they really are fighting a never ending battle until the root cause is addressed.

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 467 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Paths where we actually ride,

    Possibly, but that area used to be a refuse tip/landfill, so that is more likely.

    The other side of the road has been at least partially remediated by capping with clay about 12 years ago

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 467 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The unstable Supercity, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I wouldn't mind shares in Madison Recruitment either.

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 467 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The unstable Supercity,

    The software development industry uses open source software all the time at small scale, with great success. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you can build larger projects on its back.

    I misinterpreted this?

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 467 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Paths where we actually ride,

    “We are looking at different options there. It’s difficult because the land is contaminated on the seaward side. That reduces the options available to us for an off-road facility.

    What does that mean exactly? Wouldn't this be the perfect opportunity to de-contaminate that area? Or too much $$?

    Are they going to consult on that at all do you know, I presume the Weona Walkway is being considered.

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 467 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The unstable Supercity,

    Open source is not a panacea

    If your project gets too large, you get stuck with many of the same problems that a “customised off-the-shelf” closed-source solution has. In particular, your foundations will move, and you need to accommodate this.

    you are nearly as doomed as if you used closed source. At least your failure will be cheaper.

    Keeping your project small really helps. The software development industry uses open source software all the time at small scale, with great success. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you can build larger projects on its back.

    He seems to be saying Open Source not suitable for for large projects.

    Regardless, the Super City IT merger is a systems integration project not a software development project.

    All 7 of the councils already had IT solutions in place for each line of business or functional area, in some cases multiple councils were using the same system. Surely the obvious thing to do is pick the best of each (CRM, GIS, Doc Mgmt, Rating/Billing, AP, AR, GL etc. etc.) and merge the data from all 7 councils.

    It may have been tempting to take the opportunity for a Greenfields replacement but that doesn't seem to be the pragmatic approach.

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 467 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The unstable Supercity, in reply to Sacha,

    Isn't he actually arguing the opposite in fact?

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 467 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The unstable Supercity,

    Back in 2009/2010 there was a matrix spreadsheet floating around (I think on the Computerworld website) listing the IT systems inventory for each of the seven councils by "line of business". It doesn't seem to be there any more but it made for pretty daunting reading.

    Just migrating/merging the data from 2 councils that were running the same source system for one "line of business" eg: rating would be a big job

    To do this for 7 councils, multiple different source systems and multiple lines of business is a job on a scale never before attempted in NZ IT history, the nearest equivalent would have been the ANZ/National Bank merger.

    The reason many NZ vendors miss out on large government tenders is the mindset that the winning vendor needs to be "big enough to sue" should it all turn to custard.

    Typically a large part of the Tender documents will focus on the financial stability/background of the Vendor companies which is why large multinationals tend to fare better, they have the resources to throw at a situation to keep it out of the media (up to a point), eventually that usually runs out too.

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 467 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: So what now?, in reply to Swan,

    Not really any better is it, can you identify all the submissions affecting say Glendowie or Westmere easily?

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 467 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: So what now?,

    The domain name hearings.aupihp.govt.nz is registered to the Council, the conspiracy theorists would say they're deliberately making it difficult to find documents :-)

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 467 posts Report Reply

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