Size of IS shop: 145
Mobile PCs: 922
Hand-held devices: 30
Total screens: 3138
Industry: Government and defence
PC environment: Windows XP, Silicon, HP, Lenovo
Server environment: Windows 2000, 2003, 2008, NT; Fujitsu
Address: Statistics House, The Boulevard, Harbour Quays, Wellington
Key IS projects this year: IT Investment Programme; Business projects/programmes with large IT component: Census 2011, Programme of Social Statistics, Standardising Data Dissemination Environment, Better Economic Statistics.
Statistics New Zealand will undertake a number of significant business projects and programmes involving large IT components this year, including the Programme of Social Statistics, standardisation of the data dissemination environment, and provision of platform for better economic statistics.
An IT investment programme is also underway, with the goal of retaining currency of IT environment (both hardware and software); enhancing productivity and reducing total cost of ownership; and providing IT infrastructure for important organisational initiatives such as business continuity and disaster recovery.
Despite much work and preparation being done for Census 2011, the decision was made to postpone the census following the Christchurch earthquake on 22 February this year. Government statistician Geoff Bascand said the decision to postpone the Census was due to the quake damaging Statistics New Zealand buildings in Christchurch, as well as impacting on census staff and systems. It was also deemed inappropriate to collect information from households immediately after the earthquake. Recovery work is underway, including reviews of future census options.
Statistics New Zealand’s Strategic Plan 2010–20 will garner much focus this year from CIO Matjaz Jug and the IT solutions team. “Stove-pipe, legacy IT applications will be a thing of the past,” says the CIO. He will be looking to achieve “value for money through the combination of the skills of staff and the use of standardised platforms and processes, which are streamlined”.
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