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Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry(MIS100 2011)

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry(MIS100 2011)

2010 ranking: 73

Senior IS executive: Lonny Carey, CIO (acting) Reports to: Nigel Prince, deputy director general business services

Size of IS shop: 76

PCs: 1423

Mobile PCs: 601

Terminals: 475

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

Website: www.maf.govt.nz

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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