Size of IS shop: 64
Mobile PCs: 150
Hand-held devices: 20
Total screens: 2220
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: Desktop internet; mobile office; network upgrades.
This year the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) will deliver mobile interfaces to its business systems through laptops and PDAs.
Other goals include creating platforms and infrastructure to encourage and develop business enablement opportunities, along with developing collaborative shared capability to allow unified communications internally and with New Zealand offshore agencies.
All ICT budgets at MFAT are currently under review, says ICT director Allan Sainsbury. He says the flexible working environment being developed will allow MFAT to effectively improve information sharing. Meanwhile, strengthening infrastructure capability will ensure stability and system redundancy.
In the past 12 months the Ministry has invested in unified communications technologies, software and server virtualisation, knowledge management systems and mobilisation technologies and services. This year, these investments will be advanced with the extension of wireless infrastructure throughout the Ministry.
Sainsbury says the three largest ICT projects in terms of expenditure are network re-architecture, establishment of new datacentres and an upgrade of post architecture. Host maintenance, backup systems and network management are partially outsourced.
MFAT advises the government on foreign and trade policy issues that will affect New Zealand’s interests in relation to other countries. On behalf of the government, it enters into dialogue with other governments, to implement New Zealand’s policies and promote this country’s interests.
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