Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

2007 ranking: 63

Senior IS executive: Neil Weeds, manager IT Reports to: Allan Frost, CIO (acting)

Size of IS shop: 46

PCs: 1894

Mobile PCs: 671

Terminals: 0

Hand-held devices: 104

Total screens: 2669

Industry: Government and defence

PC environment: Windows XP, Dell, Toshiba

Server environment: HP Unix, Linux, Windows XP, Dell, HP Others

DBMS: Informix, SQL

Address: ASB Bank House, 101-103 The Terrace, Wellington


Key IS projects this year: Climate Change Information System (CCIS);

SAN refresh; server virtualisation/consolidation; various hardware

refreshes; inbound messaging.

INCREASING FLOWS OF passengers and goods across the New

Zealand border place greater pressures on the country’s biosecurity

system. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) is tasked

with delivering a robust biosecurity system to prevent incursions by

new pests and diseases that may threaten New Zealand’s economic


The activities of MAF are focused on four major outcomes:

Encouraging a high performance sector in agriculture, horticulture

and forestry; developing safer and freer trade; ensuring healthy New

Zealanders; and protecting the New Zealand natural environment.

Acting CIO Allan Frost says by 2010, MAF aspires to be a leader

in the sustainable development sector in the way it informs, advises,

regulates and delivers services. A key factor in achieving this is aligning

people, processes and technology to deliver value to stakeholders in a

more co-ordinated, effective manner, says Frost.

Simplifi cation of the ICT environment is a key driver for many organisations

and this is being enabled through new technologies such as


Frost says ICT is working to build capability and improve organisational

maturity. These support the need for ICT to be proactive and

strategic, not reactive and tactical.

“There is a trend within the ICT industry to move toward a services

model and service oriented architectures. [MAF] ICT is following that

trend. The need to work with organisations across the sector, is driving

the need for collaborative process as a means to improve quality of the

services that are delivered to stakeholders,” says Frost.

He says the strategic partnerships with key solution and service

providers, are becoming increasingly essential to the successful development

and maintenance of critical business systems.

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