Size of IS shop: 76
Mobile PCs: 601
Hand-held devices: 163
Total screens: 2662
Industry: Government and defence
PC environment: Windows XP, Dell, Toshiba, Acer
Server environment: Windows, HP, Dell
DBMS: SQL, Informix
Address: Pastoral House, 25 Lambton Quay, Wellington
Key IS projects this year: National Animal Identification and Tracing; Farms on Line; Emission Trading Scheme enhancements; upgrade to Windows 7; X-Ray transfer facility; Joint Border Management System; IT infrastructure upgrade and consolidation.
Restructuring at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) has led to the promotion of former CIO Nigel Prince to deputy director general business services. Lonny Carey, formerly director of business and information systems at Crown Prosecution Service in the UK and director of IT at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in New Zealand, is the acting CIO. The restructure involved a merger that saw the New Zealand Food Safety Authority fall under MAF’s wing, and has created an opening for a CIO role that will double as the director of information management.
In 2011, the Ministry has a continuing focus on “value for money”. In addition to further work on its IM transformation project, MAF is also exploring desktop virtualisation options to allow a greater range of personal devices to be used securely.
The Joint Border Management System, in collaboration with NZ Customs Service, continues to be a priority project. The cloud/IaaS project has been running since March 2010, with completion expected by June 2011.
Already it has saved the Ministry more than $1 million. The project has thus far seen MAF’s 200 servers and SAN virtualised on Revera’s Virtual Data Centre platform, providing a range of utility infrastructure and services spanning three tiers of on-demand storage, virtual servers, dedicated development environments, and managed back-up and restore services.
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