Size of IS shop: 78
Mobile PCs: 500
Hand-held devices: 200
Total screens: 2750
Industry: Government and defence
PC environment: Windows XP, Vista
Server environment: Windows 2003, Linux, Unix, IBM, HP
Address: 195 Lambton Quay, Wellington
Key IS projects this year: Upgrade to Windows 7 and Office 2010; development of new network.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s new network infrastructure will assist the government department to “work much smarter, be more mobile, more cost effective to operate, and make it easier to set up smaller offices overseas”, says Graeme Ironton, manager of technical support services, Information and Communications Technology Division.
MFAT will once again work around the challenge of ICT budget restrictions, through potential cost savings expected from a new infrastructure, adoption of unified communications and ERP implementation in the next 12 months. This will allow for significant reinvestment and an increase in the number of planned ICT projects, by as much as five percent.
An IS services team of 78, led by Allan Sainsbury, director, information and communications technology, is responsible for the ICT needs of more than 1400 staff around New Zealand and in multiple diplomatic missions offshore.
ERP, unified communications and knowledge management continue to be major areas of focus for MFAT, with results already showing benefits in cost savings, greater data accessibility, higher visibility of KPIs and better asset management. Over the previous year, the Ministry has also invested in mobility solutions, disaster recovery, wireless technologies, VoIP, FMIS (Navision) and virtualisation (a combination of VMware ESX and Hyper V).
Major projects for 2011 will include upgrades to Windows 7 and Office 2010 (from Windows XP and Vista), as well as further development of the new infrastructure network.
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