Many recognised software industry leaders have taken the helm at the NZSA and played a role in evolving the organisation into the one it is today. We are delighted to have their ongoing support and guidance.
From 1988 the package was using an early form what is now known as Data Analytics, to extract meaning from the raw data and pro-actively advise users on the best course of action. This became increasingly powerful, aided by Genetic Algorithms (where the software evolves itself under Darwinian principles).
At the time of his retirement from the Pharmacy Software business in the early 2000s, software derived from the original package was in use by some 4000 pharmacies in eight countries.
However, ‘retirement’ turned out to be only partial, as Harvey and his sons more recently wrote an Airport Movement Management software package for use by their own small airport. At time of writing (February 2017) this was in use by many Airports across Australia and NZ.
Harvey was active in the NZ Software Association from its inception, and served in many capacities including President during the late 1980s. He was honoured to be appointed a Life Member in the early 1990s.
He comments that, “We’ve only scratched the surface” of the opportunities available in the software business, which are as great as ever, probably greater. He remains an enthusiastic support of this dynamic industry and a regular attendee, and occasional speaker, at NZSA monthly meetings.
Jane also continued her involvement with the NZ Software Association as a member of the Executive, serving a two-year term as its first female President from 2013. She is currently Vice President of Global Marketing for Invenco Group – a self-service payment technology company founded by Sir Peter Maire. Jane is also Convener of Judges for the NZ Hi-Tech Awards and holds the honorary role of Global Alliances Liaison for NZ Tech. In 2016 she founded a Special Interest Group for Tech Marketers acting on her belief that if New Zealand technology companies are going to reach their full potential they need to get a lot better at marketing globally from New Zealand. Jane continues to actively support the work of the NZSA and looks to help software companies to develop, whenever and however she can.
John also has public company experience in businesses listed on New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States public markets. He has broad commercial experience with primarily hi-tech companies, founding and growing start-ups and also acquiring, operating, rescuing and divesting subsidiaries of public and private companies.
A 1991 highlight was founding the New Zealand Software Exporters Association (now www.nzsa.org.nz) and helping other NZ software companies to achieve international growth. Peter continues to be actively involved in the NZ Technology investing and mentoring arenas.
Wayne was made a Life Member in 2012, after having served two terms as President.
More recently Rollo has been involved in restructuring and management buyouts of a number of companies to form Adaptable Consulting Ltd (a Microsoft reseller of ERP and CRM solutions). Rollo continues as a director and CFO of Adaptable Consulting as well as working on other technology start-ups through his involvement in IceAngels and other connections.
Rollo is a chartered accountant, with specialist skills in financial accounting and ERP solutions. He is a founding member and past president of the New Zealand Software Association, member of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants and has also served on the NZ Hi Tech Council. With over 40 years in the software industry he has acquired considerable experience in most aspects of business acquisition, disposition and restructuring in the technology business area.