Size of IS shop: 106
Mobile PCs: 760
Hand-held devices: 400
Total screens: 2498
Industry: Government and defence
PC environment: Windows XP, Dell
Server environment: Windows 2003, HP, Dell
Address: 18-32 Manners Street, Wellington
Key IS projects this year: Geospatial Programme
The Geospatial Programme continues to be high priority for the Department of Conservation (DOC). Streamlining the flow of data, with a “where is it?” component from point of capture in the field through to a centralised data warehouse is the ultimate goal, one which is supported and enabled by ICT. Benefits include faster access to better quality data for improved decision making and planning purposes, while success in the Geospatial Programme also opens up opportunities for new services both within DOC and for the public of New Zealand.
“Information and communication technologies are vital in assisting the Department of Conservation to achieve its purpose in providing conservation leadership for a prosperous New Zealand,” says CIO Trudy Rankin. “ICT will enable the wider community to engage with DOC in making conservation and economic gains, and ICT will also enable DOC to operate more efficiently and effectively by reducing the number (or length) of manual processes that front-line staff use in their work.”
ICT budgets have decreased slightly on last year (due to savings being made), yet projects and staff numbers in the IS department have both marginally increased. Mobility projects will continue from last year, while new cloud computing and e-business initiatives have begun.
Earlier this year, DOC began trialling a new way to engage public opinion through use of an online mapping tool. The interactive tool has previously been used in both the US and Australia; however, DOC is thought to be the first to utilise it in this country.
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