Telstra finds 150 lost IT systems

Telstra has rediscovered up to 150 lost systems as it continues to revamp its IT and reduce the number of platforms it uses.

Telstra has rediscovered up to 150 lost systems as it continues to revamp its IT and reduce the number of platforms it uses.

The technology transformation, first announced in 2005, is scheduled to last up to five years and will see Telstra slash the number of business and operational support platforms it uses from over 1250 to several hundred.

The first 'release' of the transformation is scheduled to go live at the end of the year with a second planned for late 2008.

During its technological pruning, Telstra has discovered between 130 and 150 IT systems that were previously not listed as in use at the company.

"We had talked in our charts about 1250 IT systems that we were going to reduce to 250 .... In doing the work, we found another 130 to 150 IT systems people didn't even know about," Telstra CEO Sol Trujillo revealed at the release of the telco's annual results yesterday.

Trujillo said Telstra is on track to complete the transformation within the planned five-year timescale. Although he refused to rule out future delays to the project, Trujillo added targets would only slip by a few months if at all.

"We've had more than three months in the company to find all that we have, all the existing systems inventory, to know what s being done. The code for release 1 is essentially written now and we're in the process of doing testing and doing all the things you do when you turn out software," Trujillo said.

The code for release 2 is currently being written, he added.