Senior IS executive: Ken Walker, acting chief information officer Reports to: GM, corporate services group
Size of IS shop: 50
Mobile PCs: 500
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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