Senior IS executive: Judith Johnston, chief information officer (acting) Reports to: Deputy Secretary people and business capability
Size of IS shop: 230
Mobile PCs: 1300
Hand-held devices: 140
Total screens: 3640
Industry: Government and defence
PC environment: Windows XP, Lenovo
Server environment: Windows 2000, 2003; Linux; IBM
DBMS: Oracle, SQL
Address: 45-47 Pipitea Street, Thorndon, Wellington
Key IS projects this year: Document management (FileNet);
sxpansion of shared sector directory; and Enhancing Enrolment
THE MINISTRY OF Education’s purpose is “Te Ihi, Te Mana”
— empowering education. Key to this is leadership, infrastructure
management, solutions focus and assistance where there is risk of
The Ministry is committed to building an education system for the
21st century, increasing education’s contribution to economic transformation
and innovation through new knowledge, skills and research.
Acting CIO Judith Johnson says the success of these goals depends
on the capability of the Ministry’s IT infrastructure and services, to
support a quick and effective response to social and economic change
within the community.
Specific ICT goals for 2008 include leadership, development and
implementation of New Zealand ICT Strategic Framework for Education;
a focus on connectivity and an Open Standards-driven infrastructure for
education sector ICT; and increasing access to education sector online
resources and services through a single point of entry and single signon
(the ESAA project).
The ICT team is also implementing initiatives to enable education agencies
to collect and share data efficiently and effectively; as well as being focused
on lowering compliance burdens and enabling data to be collected once and
made accessible to sector agencies (The Education Sector Integration Services project).
Johnson says 2008 will see the Ministry build on the success
of the Enhancing Enrolment Management (ENROL) project and
further reduce the burden of compliance for schools by improving
the quality of the data collected. Internal knowledge management
capability will also be enhanced through full deployment of a
document management system.
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