Exceeding expectations and bringing substantial cost savings has paid off for the Department of Conservation and Fujitsu New Zealand for their Connect 2000 project.
It involved overhauling the department’s IT infrastructure to simplify the diverse range of hardware and software technologies which had been accumulated over time.
Furthermore, only a third of the organisation was networked, leaving islands of information. Along with communication restrictions, this created inefficiency and led to higher costs.
To ease communication, an intranet system was needed. DOC also wanted to free managers and staff from managing the department’s computer LANs so they could concentrate on their core activities.
Convening judge David Stott says: “Connect 2000 involved taking far flung pockets of incompatible data and wielding them into a coherent information system serving the whole department.
Prior to the project, DOC had 1200 different databases and 10 different word processing packages spread over only 28 of its 69 locations.
“The project provided standard business tools, running on industry standard architecture and using an intranet to provide a centralised information repository accessible by all staff, including those at locations such as Stewart Island, Arthur’s Pass and the Chatham Islands.
“The project was brought in on time and to budget and has exceeded expectations, particularly in the area of staff communications where the intranet has shown its worth. Operating cost savings have already been substantial,” Stott says.
The other finalists were:
- The New Zealand Army with a Storage Area Network installation project. Its G6 Communications and IT unit at Trentham found intranet use and data intensive applications were causing its 13 aging Pentium 75s to crash repeatedly. Users wanted faster service, so efficiency was improved with new 500 Pentium processors and fibre channel technology.
- ACC developed Pathway software to handle the management of claims and cases for 1600 staff at 50 locations, as well as restructuring. Now, the risk of a claim can be identified, the rehabilitation plan recorded and a subsequent return to work plan drawn up.