Case Studies


Many businesses are embracing open source technology within their business. The following list of business users of open source shows that open source is now being taken seriously from small businesses to multinational companies. Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand is New Zealands largest airline, operating both nationally and internationally. Air New Zealand are now using a IBM Mainframe running multiple virtual Linux machines to handle various internal server requirements. Attica/CallPlus

Attica Communications is a 100% New Zealand owned telecommunications company specialising in providing national and international data networks with a high degree of customer care. Attica continues to invest heavily in its capability and can offer a full range of Internet services along with national and international coverage for Frame Relay and Leased Digital Data Services (Datastream). Communicato

COMMUNICATIONS LTD was founded to satisfy a void identified in the unified messaging market. That is, a unified messaging system using industry standard protocols, open systems architecture, and easy integration. Although a relatively young company, the principles and staff of UCL bring a wealth of experience to the messaging market. ECONZ Ltd

Established over a quarter of a century ago, ECONZ has a reputation for pioneering technology and innovation. Intensive research and development has provided us with an unrivalled platform of purpose-designed technology and an unsurpassed depth of knowledge. As specialists in integrated communications systems, our key developments streamline and optimise the use of data, dramatically enhancing and transforming the way in which business is conducted in a wide range of fields. ENZA ICONZ

Fast and reliable Internet connectivity is critical for today's demanding e-Business environment. ICONZ is dedicated to providing business connectivity that best supports your company's specific Internet communication needs. Our range of access services will provide your company with fast, reliable and secure connections, including dialup, point-to-point and DSL through VPNs. With connectivity from ICONZ, your business will enjoy a choice of connection speeds far superior to traditional dialup services. We provide local dialup access to most of New Zealand's major towns and cities, and toll free access nationwide. IHUG

Formed in 1994 Ihug has quickly established itself as one of the leading Telecommunication service providers in the Australasian region. Ihug's mission statement finds it's basis in innovation and at the same time simplification. What does that mean, it means we will always have the best solution for your business and we'll also be able to help you understand why you need it or what options may suit you better in the future. Ihug Business is satisfied that our business connection options and related products will fulfil all of your business specific Internet needs. Housing New Zealand

Housing New Zealand Corporation's (HNZC) objectives are to provide access to good quality, affordable, sustainable and secure rental accommodation through the social allocation system; establish partnerships with community organisations, local government, iwi and other providers and provide assistance to households and potential homeowners on low and modest incomes. Kachingo

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Since its inception in September 1998, Maximum Internet Limited has grown into a medium sized company, employs twenty full-time staff across two companies, is located in quality premises in the Central Business District in Auckland and offers a variety of internet connection and related services to thousands of customers around New Zealand. Omnistrong Small business marketing

Omnistrong offers small business marketing services through a search-engine-friendly content management system. Orcon

Orcon Internet is a 100% NZ owned, privately held company that is debt-free, and owns all the equipment that powers our network. Orcon currently supplies a wide range of Internet services to several top 100 NZ companies, hundreds of corporate and business cusomers, and thousands of residential customers. Additionally, we also provide a wide range of carrier services to around 30% of the ISP's in NZ. Quicksilver

Quicksilver is a young and dynamic company offering a variety of communications services ranging from dialup Internet to tolls and broadband communications services. All our servers operate on either BSD or Linux. Spherion Education

Spherion Group Ltd is part of a US$3.7 billion human capital management organisation that helps companies enhance workforce performance. By building and applying education and training, recruitment, technology and outsourcing solutions, Spherion can provide its clients with a comparative business advantage. Spherion is a total business solutions provider, and a leading industry business practitioner. As an international organisation, Spherion has the advantage of applying local knowledge to business solutions, while leveraging international capability and expertise. Tait Electronics

At Tait, we have a single-minded dedication to supplying and servicing our customers with world class radio communications equipment and systems. TSB Bank

We value our independence, because it gives us the freedom to be innovative, the flexibility to change, the right to put the needs, dreams and hopes of our customers, and other New Zealanders, first. Our fee-free account structure for instance, is an expression of that philosophy in action. Our customers frequently choose us because they're independent, too. They like to have control over their own lives. Ubiety Group(Wellington)

The Ubiety Group works with organisations to help them understand their operational risks. Once risks are identified we have the expertise to develop and implement capabilities to avoid or mitigate the impact of these risks. Ubiety group specialises in the areas of call centre, data centre and workplace recovery. Virtual Spectator

In 1992, a group of computer programmers in New Zealand developed the world's first real time 3D graphics for inclusion in a live sports telecast, based on differential GPS telemetry data. The software gave the director of Television New Zealand's 1992 America's Cup coverage a tool that helped make sense of a sport that had hitherto been the reserve of sailors. The graphics package was an immediate success and has since been used in the international television coverage of the 1995 and 2000 America's Cup regattas, two Whitbread Round the World yacht races, and two World Circumnavigation record attempts. WIN Wunderbear Software

Wnderbear Software is a small company which strives to create computer games that are fun and playable. We are based in Auckland, New Zealand. We are working on our first game, which will support MacOS X and MacOS 9 first, then Linux and Windows 98/ME/2K/XP. We've written a bit of other software in the meantime. Zeald

Zeald Ltd is a software development company, based in Albany, that produces groupware solutions (based on open-source PHPGroupware), eCommerce systems (based on the open source Interchange) and other custom software (almost invarably using an open source product as the base). Zeald also contributes back a significant amount of development to these open source projects.

The traditional breeding ground for open source developers has been Universities. Universities themselves have also been keen to deploy open source technology. Schools are also increasingly using open source.


Most of New Zealands use Linux and other OSS software to some extent or another:



Intend to switch to Moodle for their Learning Management System (LMS)


Ponatahi Christian School (Carterton)

15+ Computers in a Computer suite.Also running IMP Web email.

Pirinoa School ;(Rural Featherston)

Computer Suite with 12 Computers set up with an projector off a computer for lesson instructions.

Southend School (Carterton)

Seven computer networked so far with a Computer Lab yet to come on line.

Masterton Intermediate School

A computer lab of 16 PCs integrated in with a Novell server.

Harley Street (Masterton)

Masterton's first E-Center via a radio link. 18+ PCs through out the school.

Dalefield School (Rural Carterton)

12 computers though out the school. Email domain and local Web sever.

Martinborough School

Computer lab with 8 Computers and a growing network around the school.

St Mary's School (Tauranga)

Linux server for file & printer sharing, e-mail server, proxy + webmail for 15 PC's in computer lab plus library system.

Waihi East School (Waihi)

19 PCs in the school network. Linux server for file & printer sharing, proxy and e-mail access.