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CIO exits Queensland Transport Department

by Pallavi Singhal •
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Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is looking for a new Chief Information Officer, following the departure of former IT chief Chris Fechner to join the private sector.

Fechner had been at TMR for just over two years when he left in January 2013 to join SAP strategies and solutions provider FourPL as a senior consultant, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Michael Nikolic has been acting in the CIO role since Fechner’s departure. Prior to taking up the temporary role Nikolic was the Executive Director of ICT Operations within the IT branch.

The Department has not yet begun the process of finding a permanent replacement.

“TMR intends to recruit a CIO in the near future,” a spokesperson for the Department said.

The TMR CIO heads the Information Division and is responsible for managing TMR’s ICT environment, including internal and outsourced ICT infrastructure, contracts and organisation-wide strategic, planning and delivery services. The CIO answers to the Deputy Director-General, Corporate, a position currently held by Nicole Bunning.

The CIO forms part of TMR’s senior leadership team, and plays a significant role in the Information and Systems Committee, which is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction and management of Department-wide ICT. The committee also governs the development of the annual TMR ICT Strategic Plan, ICT work plan, ICT baseline report and enterprise architecture self-assessment alignment report.

TMR spent a total of $56.7 million on ICT in 2012, according to its most recent annual report.

The current ICT environment at TMR comprises of 10,300 desktops, and Intel, Sun and SLES servers supporting the Department’s 10,500 employees, according to Intermedium’s GovFacts.

The Department approached the market in February 2013 for an implementation partner for its extensive Productivity and Collaboration Improvement project, which involves the migration of the its existing operating environment onto the latest Windows desktop and server and Microsoft Exchange email platforms.

Other major ICT projects include a recent migration onto a single SAP system for financial, human resources and payroll, and the gradual deployment of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephony technology across the Department by December 2014.

Among the Department’s priorities for 2012-13 is developing ICT architecture to improve customer-facing services including licensing and registration, harnessing online and mobile technologies, enhancing TMR’s asset management framework and improving enterprise-wide data processes, governance and monitoring, according to its annual report.

View TMR profile in GovFacts  >>>

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