The Ministry of Economic Development (MED) has created the new role of chief information officer as part of an organisational restructure. The current head of ICT is Channa Jayasinha, who is leaving his chief technology officer role on 15 October. The CTO post will be absorbed into the CIO role.
Jayasinha, who moved to the MED five years ago from the Department of Conservation, is moving to another role.
In an interview in the 2009 MIS100, Jayasinha says the MED has made significant investment in its IT platforms in the past four years, and a recent independent benchmarking found the Ministry’s core IT systems deliver good value and above-average performance.
“The security and stability of systems is an ongoing priority, with the 2008/09 IT work programme expected to deliver enhanced levels of preparedness and flexibility,” says Jayasinha. MED is one of the organisations listed just under the top 100, or the organisations that are likely candidates in next year’s MIS100.
According to the MED profile in the MIS100, the Ministry will complete IT projects in the areas of unified communications and VoIP technologies, CRM and knowledge management systems, e-business and Web 2.0 strategies and organisational mobilisation.
Significant areas of ICT expenditure include general infrastructure improvements; Companies Office application redevelopment (called Project Enterprise) and the replacement of IPONZ - the Intellectual Property office core business application.
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