Senior IS executive: Tony West, chief information officer Reports to: General manager, corporate services
Size of IS shop: 60
Mobile PCs: 205
Hand-held devices: 0
Total screens: 7915
Industry: Government and defence
PC environment: Linux, Windows XP, HP/Intel-based clone, OEM/
Server environment: Linux, Sun, Windows 2003, NT; Unisys, Dell, HP
DBMS: Jade, Oracle, Unisys, SQL
Address: Level 4, NZ Post House, 7-27 Waterloo Quay, Wellington
Key IS projects this year: Operator rating system; performance
monitoring system; business intelligence; and a range of projects
required to create the NZ Transport Agency.
LAND TRANSPORT IS a significant user of information technology
with nearly 8000 screens and an IT team of 64 headed by Tony
West, CIO, within the Information Systems and Technology Group.
West says Land Transport seeks to progress the broad outcomes
promoted by the New Zealand Transport Strategy. This will also be
the role of the NZ Transport Agency, which will be created on 1 July
2008 when Land Transport merges with Transit NZ.
While organisational direction and business strategies are reasonably
well understood, he says the new organisation structure will
bring further challenges.
He says Government policy changes “always create surprises”,
and the IT service arms of government departments driven by
legislation can not foresee all IT systems and services required in
“Big blocks” of work for Land Transport for the next year include
changes to support new Transport Operator licensing legislation, a
system which looks at all transport operators and operations. It is
part of the implementation of the rating system that targets information
to allocate resources to risk.
Land Transport will also make a signifi cant investment in VoIP to
coincide with new premises.
In the online space, West says Land Transport seeks to make more
transaction services available online for the public and partners.
The Road User Charges licence was introduced late last year and
it has a number of other transactions due this year. These projects
will also use the Government Logon Service.
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