Connecting 1100 PCs with 1400 employees scattered around New Zealand from Kaitaia to Te Anau is no mean feat.
While you’re at it, why not build a link to the Chatham Islands? And construct a LAN and an intranet to link three regional offices, 13 conservatories, 49 local offices, and let’s not forget head office. Oh, and by the way, some of the PCs aren’t Y2K-compatible.
If you’re interested, you should contact Channa Jayasinha, DOC’s manager of information management. He’s keen to hear from anyone who feels they are up to the task.
“We call it Connect 2000. We’re looking to upgrade our current system, as well as expand it to those offices we currently don’t reach.”
One major factor for DOC will be desktop management. “We’re looking at NT and Terminal Server options. I guess we’re a Microsoft house,” he says, although he does point out that it’s entirely up to vendors as to what they propose in their plan. “Total cost of ownership must be addressed as well.”
The winning tender will also manage the network on a long-term basis — DOC’s current IT staff of 29 are mainly involved with records, library functions, GIS and database management areas.
Jayasinha doesn’t like to put a dollar amount on the project. “I don’t like to give the vendors ideas,” he says with a laugh. He likes them to be as creative as possible in tendering their solution.
DOC has received expressions of interest from 18 companies and Jayasinha hopes to put together a short list in the next two weeks.