Mortimer returns to IT

Former TelstraClear IT manager Jenny Mortimer is back in the integration game as acting technology chief at the Ministry of Economic Development.

Former TelstraClear IT manager Jenny Mortimer is back in the integration game as acting technology chief at the Ministry of Economic Development.

Mortimer, who oversaw the integration of TelstraSaturn and Clear’s systems when the two merged to form TelstraClear, is looking after a structural revamp of IT at the ministry.

The MED project was given the go-ahead a month ago following a review by consultant BearingPoint.

“The new structure was decided on the day before I started and my role is to implement it.”

Mortimer confesses she put a trip to Europe on hold to take up the offer, but has “done Australia, the US and Pacific Islands” since leaving TelstraClear.

The MED project involves merging a diverse IT structure, a legacy of the ministry’s formation from various government agencies.

“There’s not going to be a huge amount of integration of systems — it will be more infrastructure, teams, process and culture.”

The infrastructure integration will be in areas such as directories, desktops and the WAN and while the BearingPoint review indicated some software system upgrades and changes, they involve improvement rather than integration, Mortimer says.

Systems run by the ministry include the Personal Properties Securities Registrar and companies office online, as well as systems specific to MED branches such as the crown minerals group and radio spectrum management unit.

Mortimer says it’s too early to talk about specific systems that will be upgraded or improved. Action in that area will start once a new staffing structure has been put in place.

That is due to happen by the end of the month and the ministry is advertising for a systems architect, infrastructure and application support manager and several other positions.

Mortimer says some appointments are likely to be from within the ranks of existing IT staff and on the question of redundancies, “the new department will be the same size as the old and the jobs are changing — we may lose some people and gain others”.

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