Director appointed for immigration project
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Experienced project and programme manager Dave Squire has been appointed project director of the Immigration Global Management System (IGMS).
He takes up his new position today.
Squire runs his own consultancy, Squire Associates and was most recently involved in a project for Housing New Zealand.
Former manager of the IGMS project, Stewart Watson, resigned in July, citing his health and the stress of a two-hour daily commute.
A spokesman for the Labour Group of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), formerly the Labour Department, discounts predictions that Squire will be dealing with a blown budget before the project finishes. IGMS is still within its original budget of $80 million, says principal communications advisor Mark Piercey, and a further $10 million is already set aside for “contingency”.
“But it needs to be emphasised that the total forecast cost is still $80 million and that figure has not changed,” he says. $75 million is contributed by government and $5 million from Immigration New Zealand’s capital resources.
IGMS will replace a system devised in the 1990s and is intended to bring more of the interaction between intending immigrants and the pertinent government agencies into the online channel. It will “enable online processing, the use of electronic documents, automation of simple tasks and significant improvements in identity management,” Piercey says.
Computerworld has sought Squire's views on the IGMS development task.
Posted by Anonymous at 10:06:54 on November 6, 2012
Posted by Anonymous at 11:34:31 on November 6, 2012
The other fails to deliver, has had problems resourcing the project, and has poor quality checks.
As for a result, lets wait and see.
Posted by Anonymous at 9:54:14 on November 7, 2012
Posted by Anonymous at 13:05:40 on November 7, 2012
Posted by Anonymous at 9:46:56 on November 8, 2012
FWIW, Datacom had the AMS visa processing application taken off them after 4 (?) years of trying to get it going properly in the late nineties. I fully expect the same to happen with this new project.
Difference being that this time round the financial stakes are so much higher.
Posted by Anonymous at 11:16:32 on November 7, 2012
Posted by Anonymous at 6:31:28 on November 6, 2012
In fact, I'd suggest that if one went WELL, it would be news.
Posted by Anonymous at 9:27:50 on November 6, 2012
31 August, 2012
Housing NZ transforming its business
Housing Minister Phil Heatley has congratulated Housing New Zealand on the smooth introduction this month of new core technology systems.......
Posted by Anonymous at 19:44:50 on November 6, 2012
Housing's IT is as dysfunctional as the rest of NZ Govt. Worse than some others I've dealt with in fact. Using the term "smooth introduction" in this instance is a gross overexaggeration.
Posted by Anonymous at 9:22:05 on November 8, 2012