Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry(MIS100 2009)

2008 ranking: 59
  • CIO Staff (Unknown Publication)
  • 23 July, 2009 22:00

Senior IS executive: Arran Foster, IT governance adviser Reports to: Nigel Prince, chief information officer (pictured)

Size of IS shop: 46

PCs: 1235

Mobile PCs: 752

Terminals: 202

Hand-held devices: 143

Total screens: 2332

Industry: Government and defence

PC environment: Windows XP, Dell, Toshiba

Server environment: Dell, HP, Linux, Windows XP

DBMS: Informix, SQL

Address: 25 Lambton Quay, Wellington


Key IS projects this year: Desktop refresh; server refresh including virtualisation; VPN upgrade.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry’s work promotes high performance in the agriculture, horticulture and forestry sectors; enhances market access for New Zealand’s primary products; supports the health and well-being of New Zealanders and protects the country’s natural environment.

CIO Nigel Prince says the ICT team at MAF seeks increased value for money through improved efficiencies and leveraging existing capability. “In particular, we support cross agency collaboration including the use of our Joint Border Management and Single Trade Window systems — and simplification and standardisation of IT systems and infrastructure,” says Prince.

In 2009, MAF plans to continue investing in business intelligence and knowledge management systems that deliver insight into the organisation. Spending on software and server virtualisation technologies will also be extended from last year to extend the operational benefits MAF has observed.

Prince says while these ICT projects are important, much of this year’s budget allocation will be used to manage existing assets better — and to replace server hardware. After the successful completion of the Climate Change Information System, MAF is looking forward to working with stakeholders on key initiatives including Joint Border Management, Single Trade Window systems and the National Animal Identification and Tracing project.

MAF has strong IT outsource partnerships with providers including Unisys for core infrastructure operation and maintenance, systems and network management and the help desk; Revera for hosting, storage and backup; and Topaz, Eagle and Fronde for applications development.