New NSW Government Chief Information Officer Emmanuel Rodriguez stepped into his role last week, and at the same time received the benefit of a reorganisation which saw the GCIO role move out from under the NSW Procurement function in the Department of Commerce.
Posted on the NSW Government Directory is a new listing that shows the Government Chief Information Office (GCIO) as a Business Unit of Commerce at the same level as the NSW Procurement. Previously the GCIO was a direct report of NSW Procurement Head, Deputy Director General Paul Hopkins.
The move should be hailed as a major piece of commonsense by both the industry and NSW agencies.
It had long been a source of puzzlement and even consternation that the 'Whole of Government' CIO role was subordinate to and intrinsically linked to the procurement function. The NSW ICT Plan, People First is strongly informed by the need to make ICT savings through 'procurement reform'.
It is too early to tell whether Rodriguez will now have an easier path to deliver outcomes based solutions rather than dollar savings, but this is a huge signpost that things are changing.
Meanwhile it is understood that Rodriguez, who in the flesh turns out to be a 'larger than life' personality, will have his hands full for the time being not only using English which is one of his second languages (French is his first) in the workplace on a daily basis, but also in coming to grips with the acronyms and idiom of government language.