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Victorian Department of Parliamentary Services seeks new IT boss

by David Shi •
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Following the departure of its long term head of IT, John Lovell, the Victorian Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) is looking for a new IT Manager to oversee the Victorian Parliament’s IT functions.

The IT Manager role is the most senior IT position at the Department, answering to the Director of Information Services, Joanne Truman.

A job posting on the Careers Victoria website shows the DPS is seeking a replacement for Lovell, who left the Department in January 2012 according to his LinkedIn profile. The DPS declined to comment on the reasons behind the departure of Lovell, who held the position for nine years.

The advertisement says that the incoming IT Manager will be charged with the development of a mid to long term IT strategy. He or she will oversee the delivery of a number of projects over the next 5-6 years, including the replacement of the Parliament’s central core infrastructure. The new IT Manager is also expected to review and consolidate systems and align IT services with the DPS’ Business Plan and the Parliament’s Strategic Plan.

The new manager will also oversee the ongoing virtualisation of the DPS server fleet.

The Department of Parliamentary Services IT Unit is responsible for the IT requirements of the Victorian Parliament and all 128 State electoral offices for sitting MPs. These requirements include the supply and installation of hardware, software and Wide Area Network infrastructure.

The virtualisation of both the Department’s Oracle financial and point of sale systems were completed under Lovell, in accordance with the IT Unit’s Strategic Plan.

According to the Department’s 2010-11 Annual Report,  IT projects that are to be completed by 30 June 2012 include the state-wide deployment of a new desktop PC fleet to all Victorian electoral offices, and the establishment of PoVNet Hub, a new electoral office communications network.

IT security concerns with the use of BYOD devices, such as smartphones and tablets, will be one of the key issues that the incoming IT Manager will be expected to address. It should be noted that the IT Manager will not be responsible for the management of Hansard, the Victorian Parliament’s transcription and live video webcasting service.

The Department spent $3.8 million on computer consulting, contractors, software and support services in 2010-11, according to the DPS’ 2010-11 Annual Report,

Applications for the position will close on 23 April 2012.


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