Senior IS executive: Allan Sainsbury, director of ICT Reports to: Peter Hamilton, deputy secretary, corporate services
Size of IS shop: 58
Mobile PCs: 300
Hand-held devices: 0
Total screens: (including dual screens) 1759
Industry: Government and defence
PC environment: Windows XP, Vista; Lenovo
Server environment: Windows 2003, SQL, Linux, IBM
DBMS: Access, SQL, SharePoint
Address: 195 Lambton Quay, Wellington
Key IS projects this year: Mobile computing capability; desktop
THE MINISTRY OF Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), under the
statutory authority of the Foreign Affairs Act 1988, conducts the
Government’s business with foreign countries and their governments
and with international organisations.
It 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 the country’s interests.
Other key roles of the Ministry include oversight of New Zealand’s
international relations, protecting the interests of New Zealand citizens
overseas, as well as management of fi nancial assistance, through a
semi-autonomous agency, New Zealand Agency for International
Development, to developing nations.
Allan Sainsbury, director of ICT, says MFAT is making significant
progress with the implementation of its ICT strategy. Two of the major
initiatives to provide integrated mobile computing and network internet
access are currently in proof of concept and about to be deployed. He
says this will provide a major improvement, allowing the Ministry staff
to access appropriate information from both the network and mobile
The flexible working environment being developed is
to allow the organisation to effectively improve its collaborative and
“In addition, we are strengthening our infrastructure capability and
ensuring stability and system redundancy to meet our business needs,” says Sainsbury.
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