Though ICT budgets for the Ministry of Justice are down slightly on last year, the ministry says project numbers are up, due to careful allocation of funds and shared services, where appropriate.
The ministry will focus on five key IT projects in 2012: deployment of increased disaster recovery capabilities, implementation of the Criminal Procedures Act, implementation of the Electronic Operating Model, support for the Courts and Criminal Matters Bill and deployment of a new enterprise data warehouse.
“A large amount of legislative projects, such as the Criminal Procedure Simplification project, implement significant change to the ministry,” comments Gerard Aberdeen, general manager ICT services. “A number of these projects, particularly those resulting from legislative changes, will require quite substantial changes to technology systems. An example of this is the data warehouse project, which has been set in motion as an enabler to the Criminal Procedure Act implementation project.”
The ministry’s structured analytical information will be stored in the data warehouse, which comprises a merger between the Justice data warehouse and the Operational data warehouse. This information will come from the ministry’s applications that are driven by the business processes.
The ministry’s unstructured information, in contrast, will be stored in the content repository. Examples of unstructured information include procedural documents, court transcripts, audio files, images, and web pages. Access to this information will be by a series of search and analytical tools with sufficient governance, quality and access controls in place.