Victor Vae'au is now the CIO at the New Zealand Defence Force, after holding the post in an acting capacity for nearly two years. His predecessor, Peter Thomas, is now general manager strategic programmes at the Defence Force.
Both came from the finance sector prior to joining government. Vae'au was at ANZ National Bank, where his roles included senior manager, application development, retail/rural and senior manager of infrastructure management. He joined the Defence Force in 2008. Thomas was general manager at Westpac before he joined the NZ Defence Force in 2007.
The New Zealand Defence Force is one of the top IT using organisations in New Zealand, ranking five in this year’s MIS100 report. NZDF's 270-member IT team manages 16,400 screens.
“I liken the NZDF landscape to that of a country,” says Vae’au, who was acting CIO when interviewed for this year's report . “We have every line of business you can think of, with a technology system or systems to support it. The risks lie in duplication and an unstructured approach to how we organise our data. Our information must be meaningful and provide insight to how we are performing. Our role is to leverage industry capability, to utilise shared services, including All of Government initiatives where we are common with the rest, to deliver business services, and to focus our energy on the core capabilities of the NZDF — enabling military outputs.”
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