The NSW Government Chief Information Office (GCIO) is nearing the end of a restructure commenced earlier this year by GCIO, Emmanuel Rodriguez.
Rodriguez was appointed in November 2007 following the sudden departure of the first GCIO, Paul Edgecumbe. He lost little time in commencing the restructure but has been hampered by the need follow the „due processes‟ required in public sector re-organisations.
The fact that the new Office has significantly more staff than the previous one is a key indicator of its status as a „rising star‟. Up from sixty positions in the old structure, there are now one hundred and fourteen positions in the structure; only twenty two of which are contract positions.
Despite the large increase in the size of the Office, it is understood a number of the previous Program Managers are likely miss out on a position in the revamped structure. This is despite the fact that there is a net increase in senior jobs, including one new General Manager position that carries a salary in the range $201,551 to $219,700.
The restructure is believed to closely align with the redefined priorities of the revised ICT Plan that has not yet been made public.
The new structure consists of three major divisions, each headed by a General Manager, with a support division called the GCIO Office. The three divisions are Infrastructure, Frontline Services and Corporate Information Systems.
On 2 September, Julian Bajkowski stated in the Australian Financial Review that Rodriguez “confirmed whole of government strategies for buying and managing telecommunications, enterprise applications, shared services and infrastructure consolidation were in train”. This organisation structure clearly indicates the degree to which each of these strategies is being supported. Bajkowski also quoted Rodriguez as saying the Plan had been reduced to 15 projects from 66.
With the degree of resourcing now evident in the GCIO, it is far more likely that significant progress can now be made against the 15 projects in the revised plan, in contrast to the lack of publicly visible progress on the People First Plan.
Commerce was allocated more than $40 million in Capital Expenditure in the 2008-09 budget. While not all of this will be for the GCIO, a significant percentage will be. In a period of constrained ICT spending across the NSW general government sector, any allocation is a significant departure from the period of Edgecumbe‟s tenure, where there was no seed CAPEX funding for any of the ICT plan.