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NZ’s Unison using Technology One mobile-enabled tech for transformation project

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New Zealand energy provider Unison says it is embracing "all-new mobile-enabled technology" to transform its organisation after inking a multi-million-dollar 10-year deal with enterprise software provider, TechnologyOne.

The deal will see Unison replace its current solutions with TechnologyOne’s fully integrated enterprise solution, OneEnergy, which is used by other New Zealand energy networks including MainPower, Alpine Energy and Network Waitaki.

Unison chief information officer Mike McGarvey said TechnologyOne’s solution offered the full breadth of functionality it required and would transform its mobile workforce into a connected team.

“When reviewing the systems used for asset information and works management, it became clear that an integrated suite of functions would result in a far more transformative project,” he said.

“The benefits of a single, modern platform with powerful mobile capabilities will allow us to capture, input and access our enterprise data on any device at any time – whether that be in the office or out in the field.

“Not only will this result in greater efficiencies, it will enhance data integrity and ensure we have access to real-time information for informed decision-making.”

TechnologyOne chief operating officer Stuart MacDonald said the company was “thrilled” to partner with Unison over the next 10 years.

“Our OneEnergy solution does just what it says on the label – it will provide Unison with one solution and one streamlined experience," he said.

“We’re seeing more and more organisations opt for a fully integrated ERP solution, as it simplifies operations and removes the complexity of dealing with multiple best-of-breed vendors.”

Unison Group chief executive Ken Sutherland said Unison’s search for an integrated enterprise solution was part of a wider strategy focused on future proofing its organisation, and a “strong digital core is central to that”.  

“Our focus is firmly on the future. Strengthening our core capability through a smart network and implementing an integrated business operations platform will improve overall efficiency across our Group,” Sutherland said.

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