On leaving at the end of this month, Neil Miranda, IT chief at the Ministry of Social Policy (MSP), will start his own company known as Nemisys.
It will provide consultancy and implementation services in IT infrastructure, he says. Its first contract is to supply network management services to Clear Communications. The only other job on the one-man company's plate at present is a management services contract with MSP.
At MSP, Miranda oversaw the implementation of a common IT infrastructure for the social agencies of government: MSP itself, Work and Income and the Child Youth and Family service. He later floated the idea of the e-government initiative using the same infrastructure for a whole-of-government network (Ministry offers e-govt lead). He says he is not pushing this line at the moment. That is not what is company is set up to do, he says, and whether to implement a uniform government network is "a decision for others to make."
At that time of the March story, Computerworld asked Miranda about rumours that he would leave MSP when chief executive Dame Margaret Bazley retired at the end of June. He said “that’s not necessarily so.”
He now says his moving on has “nothing directly” to do with Bazley’s departure. “But I do have a commitment to stay and do certain things she asked me to do before I can finish,” he says.
He is changing roles now, he says, simply because he thinks it is time to try something new.
Miranda hints that the Nemisys name may not last long. The company may "become something else" before long, through absorption in some larger entity. There are no definite plans on this front at present, he says, "but it's not the way to go through life, being on your own."
While it stays unattached, Nemisys will certainly be recruiting more staff, he says.