Size of IS shop: 70
Mobile PCs: 400
Hand-held devices: 150
Total screens: 2600
Industry: Government and defence
PC environment: IBM; Windows XP, Vista
Server environment: IBM, HP, Windows 2003, Linux, Unix
Address: 195 Lambton Quay, Wellington
Key IS projects this year: Not disclosed.
Unified communications (UC) continues to be a strong area of focus for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT). Last year it was reported the organisation had plans to develop collaborative shared capability, allowing connectivity via UC both internally and with New Zealand offshore agencies. Investments will continue in this area in 2010, as UC functionality is reviewed, deployed and adopted across the government department.
A review of MFAT ICT budgets was completed last year, resulting in a decrease in operational budgets of up to 10 percent. Projects, however, are expected to increase up to 5 percent, as the Ministry, like many New Zealand organisations this year, looks to do more with less.
According to its website, MFAT’s primary role is to “recognise and understand international trends, opportunities and risks that affect New Zealand, and offer the Government advice on how best to protect and advance New Zealand’s interests and well-being”. As part of this, knowledge management solutions will be implemented to create better accessibility to data within the Ministry, allowing it to be used successfully to the benefit of the department. As well, enterprise resource planning will be a focus in 2010 for the Ministry’s ICT department, as it looks to better manage assets, meet key objectives and provide higher visibility around KPIs.
Over the past 12 to 24 months, MFAT has invested in several key ICT areas, including financial management information systems, virtualisation, VoIP, wireless, business continuity/disaster recovery and mobility. And the extension of the Ministry’s wireless infrastructure in 2009 enabled successful completion of some of the aforementioned projects.
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