One of the first jobs of the Department of Conservation's new CIO, who is yet to be appointed, will be to oversee the implementation of SAP's mySAP All-In-One package.
Outgoing CIO Channa Jayasinha left DoC last week to become chief technology officer at the Ministry of Economic Development.
Among the IT initiatives made during his tenure was a move from Oracle financials to mySAP All-In-One, following a rethink of the department's business systems.
The SAP package was selected last year and is scheduled to go live in July on an HP hardware platform.
SAP partner Intelligroup will provide ongoing support and the cost of the package is approximately $1.5 million.
Better integration with the department's other systems was one goal of the financials rethink. The move is part of a broader push towards an asset management approach throughout DoC, which manages a third of New Zealand's land area and employs approximately 2000 staff at 145 locations around the country.
The department employs 55 IT staff and recently closed a tender for a major asset management software system.