The newest member of the Department of Finance and Service’s (DFS) ICT Policy unit is set to become a key figure in the deployment of cloud computing across the NSW Government.
Former Chief Information Officer for the Transport for NSW cluster, John Thomas, has this month joined the DFS as Director, ICT Services according to his Linked In profile.
The ICT Policy unit oversees whole-of-government ICT issues in NSW, particularly the implementation of the recently released ICT Strategy. Thomas will answer directly to Executive Director William Murphy.
One of the primary focuses of Thomas’ new role will be to develop and drive the adoption of an ICT infrastructure and managed services strategy for the NSW Government. This will include “developing and providing ongoing direction for a service catalogue” according to the job description, which was released when the position was advertised back in May 2012.
The infrastructure and managed services component of the ICT Strategy focuses heavily on cloud-based services. It includes plans to establish a service catalogue, through which agencies will be able to select and procure ICT products such as email, office productivity tools ‘on demand’.
It also includes plans to leverage the NSW Government’s data centre partnership with Metronode to gradually transition agency IT environments to a private government cloud, with a pilot stage of this initiative to commence in quarter four of 2012 (calendar year).
The direction of the Strategy should align well with Thomas’ own approach to ICT.
It became apparent during Thomas’ time at Transport for NSW that he is a champion of cloud-based solutions. Just months before his departure the Department released a Request for Information (RFI) regarding the provision of messaging, mobility and desktop computing across the whole cluster via an as-a-service model.
“The Group CIO is actively promoting a strategy of ‘as a Service’ recognising the potential for leveraging the economies of scale and expertise of the private sector in the delivery of core technology platforms and capabilities to Government,” said the RFI documents.
The DFS is also on the hunt for a new CIO, with applications for the role closing 12 June 2012. The successful applicant will focus on agency-specific ICT concerns and will work in the Corporate Services division separate from whole-of-government functions such as the ICT Policy unit. Malcolm Freame is acting in the role while the selection process is underway.
Sydney Water too has a new CIO. As initially reported by The Australian, Stephen Wilson has returned to the NSW Public Service following a stint as Chief Technology Officer at Qantas. Wilson was formerly the CIO at the NSW Department of Education and Training (now Communities) prior to leaving to join the airline in June 2011. He joined Sydney Water in July 2012.
The Department of Premier and Cabinet is also in the process of selecting a permanent CIO following a recruitment process which opened in May 2012.