Benchmark Awards: DEEWR, Defence or NSW Trade?

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Benchmark Awards: DEEWR, Defence or NSW Trade?

Judges notes: Voting open for Government CIO of the Year.

Technology leaders from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, from Defence and from the NSW Department of Trade and Investment have been chosen as finalists for the CIO Benchmark Awards.

One will be chosen as Government CIO of the Year in 2012 at the Benchmark Awards ceremony on February 26, and all three are in the running to be crowned Australia's 'CIO of the Year'.

Australian CIOs and senior IT managers are welcome to cast their vote on our CIO-only LinkedIn Group prior to close of business on February 1, 2013.

Today we take a look at the submissions in the Government sector — stay tuned as we feature finalists from the remaining four sectors over the coming days.

Submissions in the Government category ranged from the very large, such as Defence’s data centre and desktop overhaul, to local councils using tablet devices to automate processes on the street.

The range and breadth of entries made the judging process difficult, but the judges felt there were some standouts.

We have recorded our judges notes on video to aid the voting process:


Susan Monkley, Group Manager, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Project: The Whole of Government Parliamentary Workflow Solution (PWS).
DEEWR has developed a framework for a centrally-hosted workflow solution that — under its lead agency status under AGIMO's Whole-of-Government shared services strategy — will be rolled out to 41 FMA agencies in the Australian Government, which is expected to save the taxpayer $30 million over ten years.
"This effectively turns DEEWR into a shared services agency to its peers."
"Notable for its inter-agency nature and the development of consensus across a large number of players involved."
"The success of this change management phase will ultimately be determined by client agencies."

Greg Farr, Group CIO, Department of Defence
Project: Defence Data Centre Migration Project
Defence has migrated 125 applications to a new data centre in Sydney, rationalising 90 percent of its data centre footprint elsewhere. The nine phases of migration — delivered in tandem with a separate next generation desktop project — is a story of unparalleled complexity that is expected to contribute a $1.9 billion savings target over 10 years.
"A project of breathtaking scale."
"A prominent project due to the scope, complexity and criticality of the applications to be migrated."
"Greg Farr put his hand up to ultimately be accountable for a project with huge operational and reputational risk."
David Kennedy, CIO, NSW Department of Trade and Investment
Project: Consolidation of multiple ERP systems into a single cloud-hosted system.
The NSW Department of Trade and Investment is consolidating four ERP platforms into a single hosted SAP ByDesign application, with sensitive data hosted onshore and other components consumed from SAP's global cloud. The project —- delivered in just a few short months — is expected to save the NSW Government some $12.5 million every year.
"For better or worse, this project will shape the public sector's view of the cloud model."
"So much at stake here - this could ultimately lower the bar for what governments are willing to pay for new software systems."
"A laudable project. Hard at this stage to judge if they can hit their ROI goals."

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