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  1. Phantom

    This TAB website...

    Thanks Slam Dunk excellent article from someone who really gets it. Compares the new platform to Typhoon. Allow me to paste a couple of extracts: ‘Déjà vu’ some will be screaming, and not without justification, except inflation has kept pace, and then some. It may also have also been ‘déjà vu’ for NZRB General Manager of Technology Dianna Taylor, who resigned from her position soon after the FOB was launched on January 7 and after only two years in the job. Taylor had been previously employed at Kiwibank, which had an association with NZ Post, and on the NZRB’s website her brief biography read, in part, “…at Kiwibank Dianna led the consolidation and streamlining of Kiwibank’s operational banking functions, headed the development of the strategic technology roadmap that underpins Kiwibank’s strategy, and as CIO was accountable for enabling Kiwibank to continue to deliver its strategic business objectives, which are heavily predicated on technology deliverables.” ‘Technology deliverables’ is an interesting term. Taylor had left Kiwibank in 2017 but in that same year the new computer system she helped establish had to be mothballed and written off after being deemed unfit for purpose after just six months’ use, at a cost of between $90 million and $100 million. “Dianna Taylor hasn’t left but she has announced she is going to leave,” John Allen said. “Nothing to do with the website; she’s terrific and has been one of the key drivers in getting this done and it’s been a hugely complex task and people really don’t understand how significant a change this has been. “It would be the largest technology project this board has ever done and Dianna has just been a tower of strength in terms of doing all that. and Racing NSW CEO Peter Vlandys summed up the New Zealand situation best when interviewed in Sydney last August when he said, “It seems to be a fragmented system in New Zealand where you have the Racing Board overseeing the three codes and from what I can see the management aren’t really racing people, so they don’t understand the business. “I think you need to have that wagering experience, not just a little bit but whoever is the CEO of the TAB must have a substantial amount of wagering experience– it’s different to any other part of the commercial world." Who knew?
  2. 100%. In a legitimate company heads would be rolling as the shareholders would be demanding it. But everyone is strangely silent here....
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    This TAB website...

    Indeed. I was talking to a friend who works in the industry and I told him what they spent on the website and he couldn'r understand how it was possible to spend that much because there are so many platforms available, none of which cost anything like the figures being thrown around by Allen and co. Has anyone seen an actual breakdown of the costs of the new platform, or did this relatively unknown company just invoice the NZRB for $39 million or whatever it was?
  4. Phantom

    Update April. John Allen

    Winter is coming...
  5. Phantom

    Update April. John Allen

    Do you think he has any idea how bad it is?
  6. Phantom

    Update April. John Allen

    Shame the TAB were closed so you couldn't bet on it!
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    Update April. John Allen

    He is so full of shit. On $660K+ a year, been there five years and achieved absolutely nothing, spent $50m+ that the industry doesn't have on the worst betting platform you could imagine. And as for blaming the absence of Race Fields Legislation for falling turner is spin that Mitch McConnell would be proud of. Time to put the shot putter and return Postman Pat to sender, the board that appointed these clowns should be ashamed to show their faces in public.
  8. Phantom

    The Informant Chutneyed

    Yep. The mastermind behind "popular" bet types Place Six and Triple Trio. Obviously a genius which is why the NZRB (right Midget?) secured his valuable services as a "consultant" after his departure. Well done team, obviously need to do all we can to keep winners like him in the team!
  9. Phantom

    The Informant Chutneyed

    I hope you're not being serious. 1. It's (was) a publication and 2. All you need to do is see how fast turnover on NZ racing is dropping at the TAB to see it is not something anyone would want to invest in. imo anyway
  10. Phantom

    The Informant Chutneyed

    I always had you pegged as an optimist! We're nearer the end of the end aren't we? (sadly)
  11. Phantom

    NSW TAB trading boss resigns

    Yeah. What could possibly go wrong???
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    NSW TAB trading boss resigns

    Well the fact that she refused to hand over her phone suggests that she has something to hide, no?
  13. Breaking news from across the ditch. Luckily, given how thorough NZ stewards are, we know this could never happen here.... https://www.smh.com.au/sport/racing/tab-trading-boss-resigns-after-being-warned-of-by-racing-nsw-20190306-p5123e.html
  14. Phantom

    Trump written off

    He wins in the name recognition stakes but I think the democratic race is wide open. All the candidates have pluses and minuses, let's just hope they get it right this time unlike 2016. I wouldn't rule out Bernie, maybe with AOC on the ticket?, while I think Amy Klobuchar is a dark horse. As for Trump....
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    Trump written off

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