Senior IS executive: Derek Lyons, CIO Reports to: General manager, corporate management
Size of IS shop: 150
Mobile PCs: 794
Hand-held devices: 0
Total screens: 6778
Industry: Government and defence
PC environment: Windows NT, XP; Dell; HP; IBM
Server environment: Linux, Solaris, Windows 2003, IBM, Dell
DBMS: Oracle, SQL
Address: Level 3, Mayfair House 44-52, The Terrace, Wellington
Key IS projects this year: Software development; infrastructure
maintenance; security upgrades.
ONE OF THE government’s largest users of IT with more than 6400
screens, the Department of Corrections has an IT team of 140 whose
role is to support implementation of the department’s strategic
“Focus in IT is on continuing to support operational business
requirements, as well as improving quality and quantity of information
supporting the organisation,” says CIO Derek Lyons.
The Department of Corrections’ IT unit supports 20 prisons and
more than 160 other sites across New Zealand. The department uses
ICT support partners including Gen-i, Telecom, TelstraClear, Intergen
There continues to be a focus on software development within
Corrections to support business needs, both from an organisational
change perspective, as well as to support legislative changes.
Lyons says Corrections is in the process of rewriting its strategic plan
through to 2013. This new strategy will then drive the direction of IT
projects over the next few years.
However, while this is happening work is still continuing on supporting key
systems such as EDRMS, SAP and changes driven by the Public Records Act.
There are some interesting technology projects on the go such as the blocking
of mobile phone transmissions in prisons, says Lyons.
Corrections is presently reviewing its outsourcing relationships to
ensure it is getting the best service possible in the current market.
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