Department of Conservation(MIS100 2009)
- 23 July, 2009 22:00
Senior IS executive: Trudy Rankin, CIO Reports to: Grant Baker, general manager, business management division
Size of IS shop: 106
Mobile PCs: 900
Hand-held devices: 400
Total screens: 2378
Industry: Government and defence
PC environment: Windows XP, Dell
Server environment: Dell; HP; Windows 2000, 2003
Address: 18-32 Manners Street, Wellington
Key IS projects this year: Review of requirements for DOC’s geospatial data and systems; improve internet access and speed; implement improved architecture for data and systems.
Helping conservation to be recognised as an essential part of the sustainable social and economic future here is a key long-term organisation driver for the Department of Conservation (DOC).
ICT is essential in supporting DOC to deliver these objectives; challenges include an ability to balance priorities against resource constraints, ensure use of good IT and project governance and, like many organisations, adapt to a changing workforce.
ICT must support easier access to conservation data and information for partner organisations and the public and DOC staff. As well, it needs to provide online education and resources, improve efficiency of accurate data gathering, along with delivering application integration.
As a public sector organisation DOC’s key driver is efficient use of taxpayer’s 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 2009, key ICT projects for DOC include significant work on upgrading DOC’s geospatial data systems, including land information management, further evolution in the field use of data logger devices, access to faster internet in more places and implementation of a more integrated architecture for data and systems. As well, DOC continues to realise the benefits of server virtualisation.
DOC is further investigating the benefits of web and video conferencing to save on travel costs and lower its carbon footprint.
It is a major outsourcer and relies on Fujitsu for host and PC maintenance, backup, network management and datacentre and help desk services. The HRMIS is also outsourced.