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Dateline Nelson: Innovation upstream at NZ King Salmon

Divina Paredes | Nov. 24, 2014
IT manager Simon Gutschlag takes the perspectives of a biologist, an environmentalist and a technology evangelist at New Zealand King Salmon.

A manager could see how 3D printing, for instance, could be of real use in a year. In the most recent ICT day, a couple of senior managers "had a bit of a light bulb moment" while listening to a presentation, he says.

Gutschlag's "light bulb" moment was while attending an international user conference three years ago. In that conference, he met other CIOs working in the salmon industry.

To put in context, he says, King Salmon produces around 6000 tonnes of fish, and the biggest company in the world produces around 250,000 tonnes.

The group spent one day talking about their strategies and systems they were using. "Lo and behold, we were using the same gear, and the same vendors." That led to the "global salmon IT group".

"It is a loose association," he says, and the members meet once a year, holding it a day before an international conference that they attend together.


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