Senior IS executive: Neil Weeds, manager IT Reports to: Allan Frost, CIO (acting)
Size of IS shop: 46
Mobile PCs: 671
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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