Department of Conservation

Department of Conservation

2007 ranking: 69

Senior IS executive: Ken Walker, acting chief information officer Reports to: GM, corporate services group

Size of IS shop: 50

PCs: 1200

Mobile PCs: 500

Terminals: 0

Hand-held devices: 65

Total screens: 1765

Industry: Government and defence

PC environment: Windows XP, HP, Dell

Server environment: HP; Dell; Windows 2000, 2003


Address: 18-32 Manners Street, Wellington


Key IS projects this year: Exchange upgrade; asset management


HELPING CONSERVATION TO be recognised as an essential part of the

sustainable social and economic future of New Zealand is a key, longterm

organisation driver for the Department of Conservation (DOC).

ICT challenges include an ability to balance priorities against resource

constraints, IT governance and, like many organisations, the need to

adapt to a changing workforce.

ICT must support easier access to conservation data and information

for partner organisations and the public, as well as staff; provide online

education and resources; improve effi ciency of accurate data gathering

and sharing; and deliver application integration.

As a public sector organisation, DOC’s key driver is effi cient use

of taxpayer funds to deliver outcomes; ICT is critical in economically

allowing a widely dispersed organisation to share the data and information

resources necessary for good operational management, strategic

planning and collaboration with others.

In 2008 key ICT projects for DOC include implementation of a

replacement asset management system, a Microsoft Exchange Server

upgrade, as well as development of a Natural Heritage Management

System to hold and analyse information on the state and management

of endangered biodiversity and the pests that threaten them. There

will also be significant work on upgrading DOC’s geospatial systems,

including land information management, as well as further development

in the field use of data logger devices.

Telecommunication costs and performance permitting, DOC is interested

in the benefi ts of web and video conferencing to save on travel

costs and lower its carbon ‘footprint’.

DOC is a major outsourcer, relying on Fujitsu for host and PC maintenance

for back-up, network management and data centre and help

desk services. The HRMIS is also outsourced.

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