Georgiou is a national building construction, engineering and property development company. It’s a business that specialises in structural concrete and earthworks, building roads and bridges, water infrastructure, marine and port infrastructure, camp and village accommodation, and land development.
Headquartered in Perth, Georgiou has offices in Brisbane, Mackay and Melbourne. However, its staff can be found at resource and construction sites right across the nation. For IT Manager, Andy Rhodes, this has led to mobile information capture becoming an important component of the Company’s IT strategy.
Rhodes explains, “We have approximately 550 computer or smart device users and a few hundred blue collar workers. At any point in time, around 70 per cent of staff with a computer are not based in an office in the traditional sense - they are out in the field somewhere.”
Porter Davis Homes is one of Australia's largest and most respected home builders. The privately-owned company operates throughout the metropolitan and outer Melbourne region, building contemporary homes that cater for all budgets. Nine times during its 13 year history, Porter Davis Homes has been named Victoria's most professional builder. Despite its local focus, it has also been awarded the title “Australia's most professional builder” on four occasions and in 2011, was named one of BRW's Top 50 Places to Work.
In the largely manual world of construction, one of the traits that sets Porter Davis Homes apart is its willingness to embrace sophisticated information technologies for business benefit. The company is one of only two home builders in Australia to operate the SAP ERP solution. It is also the first to mobilise its field staff by investing in the enterprise mobility platform provided by Blink Mobile that can run on the iPhone and other mobile devices.
Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) is a 100 per cent Australian owned regional airport specialist. Based in Queensland, the organisation owns and operates Gold Coast, Townsville, Mount Isa and Longreach airports. As part of its portfolio of aviation support businesses, it also owns the Northern Australian Aerospace Centre of Excellence in Townsville, AVIEX (an aircraft maintenance and painting operation) based in Townsville, and Aviation Ground Handling which has a significant presence at five of Queensland’s regional airports.
An abundance of forms
The efficient management and day-to-day operation of any airport involves a lot of paperwork. From flight departures and arrivals to security and baggage handling, there is information that needs to be captured and a myriad of forms that must be completed every day.
Auburn City Council is the authority responsible for a thriving 31 square kilometre local government area right at the heart of Sydney. Located just 17 kilometres from the Sydney central business district and six kilometres from the city of Parramatta, the area is home to a number of major attractions including the world- class sporting facilities of Sydney Olympic Park, Bicentennial Park, the Auburn Botanic Gardens and the Gallipoli Mosque. The city boasts a high degree of cultural diversity with residents drawn from 124 countries.
A very mobile workforce
In 2010, when Sarju Sahu arrived as the newly- appointed Manager of Information Technology at Auburn City Council, he was struck by the mobile nature of the Council’s workforce. He found 38 per cent of staff operated in-field basis. These included tree, food and fire inspectors, rangers, parking inspectors, building surveyors and maintenance staff responsible for working on roads, footpaths, buildings and parks, and more.