Department of Corrections

Department of Corrections

2007 ranking: 26

Senior IS executive: Derek Lyons, CIO Reports to: General manager, corporate management

Size of IS shop: 150

PCs: 5984

Mobile PCs: 794

Terminals: 0

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

business plan.

“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

and Deloitte.

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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