Size of IS shop: 150
Mobile PCs: 969
Hand-held devices: 178
Total screens: 8068
Industry: Government and defence
PC environment: Dell; IBM; HP; Windows XP, NT
Server environment: IBM, Sun, Citrix, Linux, Windows 2003
DBMS: Oracle, SQL
Address: Mayfair House, 44-52 The Terrace, Wellington
Key IS projects this year: IOMS .NET conversion; SAP upgrade; EDRMS and records management.
Department of Corrections CIO Jon Cumming says IT is essential for the creation of, and access to accurate offender information from which valuable ‘business intelligence’ is extracted. IT is also an important tool to support compliance with sentencing and the wider legislative framework under which the Department operates. Increasingly IT is seen as an opportunity to generate operational efficiencies through process automation and more sophisticated information management.
In 2008, Corrections has invested in ERP, business intelligence, knowledge management and financial system upgrades and extensions — these projects continue on into 2009 with the completion of the conversion of the Integrated Offender Management System (IOMS) from VB6 to .NET and the SAP ECC6 deployment.
Also significant will be infrastructure upgrades to support growth and resilience, including a VoIP upgrade with the resulting options for unified communications. The extension of the head office Electronic Documents and Records Management System to support the Department’s Public Records Act compliance strategy will also feature.
Cumming says the operational budget for ICT is lean — but directed effectively towards supporting their core priorities. There will be a continued focus on discretionary spend to ensure the most value is delivered from the available budget. The bulk of the work on the IOMS conversion project and SAP deployment will be complete in the middle of 2009. As a result there will be a slowdown in the resources consumed by large project work.
The Department of Corrections outsources most ICT functions. Gen-i, TelstraClear, Deloitte, Optimation and Inov8 are significant partners.
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