Home' Defence Magazine : Issue 1 2014 Contents The challenge, Peter says, will be to set realistic
goals over the next couple of years.
“The lead time on decisions is longer than you
would ideally like in an ICT world so we can
miss technology cycles because of the time it
takes to get through the decision making and
the implementation process,” he says.
“The ’09 strategy is just starting to be delivered
now, four years later, so we need to be able to
look at how we can cycle things through a little
bit faster than we are at the moment.”
Keeping up with technology will always be a
challenge for the Defence ICT environment,
according to Peter.
“In any corporate environment consumer
technology is often moving faster than the
corporate world so a lot of people will have
better technology at home than we can deliver
in the office,” he says.
“If we look at the rate of change with mobile
phones, most new products are on lifecycles of
six, nine or 12 months, so can we ever keep up
with the rate of change in the consumer world
and bring it back into the business world?”
He says how technology enables society in
the future will radically change how Defence
“People are buying and consuming IT in a
different way and I don’t think that will be any
different for us. [For example], there’s a lot of
talk now about whether the keyboard will still
exist in five years or whether people will use
touch screens for everything,” Peter says.
“The traditional model of how we thought
about IT has been turned on its head so we will
need to look at what this will actually mean for
Defence in the next few years.
“That’s a really profound challenge for us.”
New system is ‘D1’
By Jessica Whigham
From left, Michael Kein,
Chief Information Officer
Dr Peter Lawrence, Peta
Scott, Michael Kreuzer
and Karen Radford from
Chief Information Office
Group at Anzac Park West
Photo: Lauren Larking
Defence One selected from 480 names to capture a new
integrated human resource service
NEW Defence People system has been named Defence
One, or D1.
Defence People Group and the Human Resource
Development Division within the Chief Information Officer
Group have been working to develop a contemporary,
enterprise-wide people system by early 2015 that
enables integrated human resource service delivery for
The development of the new system is a long-term ICT
project in partnership with Deputy Secretary Defence
People Carmel McGregor as the business sponsor
and Chief Information Officer Dr Peter Lawrence as the
Carmel says it is the start of a journey with both groups
working towards the same outcome – delivering a single,
integrated people system for Defence.
“As Enterprise Process Owner – People, I am very
supportive of the project and recognise the collaborative
effort across the Services and Groups to transform our
People business from both a process and technology
perspective,” Carmel says.
With the development of a new single People system,
all Defence members and employees were given the
opportunity to propose a name for the system, with more
than 480 names submitted by employees from around
The winning entry came from Mark Nicholas from the
Chief Finance Officer Group in Adelaide.
“I came up with the name as I am an officer in the
Australian Air Force Cadets and they have a personnel
management system called CadetOne which
the cadets have shortened to C1,”
“I thought heading forward
towards the new Defence
generation, Defence One or
D1 was a logical choice.
I truly believe that this
name would reflect
CIOG’s Data Centre Migration
Project team has been
acknowledged for its dedication
and professionalism in undertaking
a complex and high-risk activity
– successfully migrating more
than 125 applications to the new
Primary Data Centre in Sydney
and decommissioning the former
Primary Data Centre in Canberra.
CIO Dr Peter Lawrence says the
commendation is “a testament to
CIOG’s delivery of a major project
and has provided the Group with
the capacity to enable numerous
new ICT systems”.
“It’s not often there are activities
as complex as the Data Centre
Migration Project – involving
so many dependencies and
stakeholders,” Peter says.
The project took 18 months to
complete and has given Defence
the increased scalability, flexibility
and resilience needed to support
mission-critical ICT systems.
During the project, the team
migrated Defence’s largest ICT
systems in the financial, personnel,
logistics and security domains.
At the height of the project, the
team managed more than 300
stakeholders from across Defence
and external agencies.
that Australian Defence Force and Australian Public
Service business requirements are ‘number one’.”
The CIO says it is important to remember the new
system is not replacing PMKeyS, but is a new system
designed to meet whole of Defence People needs.
“Defence One will provide a single, unified People system
for Defence,” he says. “It will improve the administration
of people management in Defence by enabling major
reform of payroll and personnel administration, career
management, education and training, workforce
management and enterprise reporting.”
For more information on Defence One, visit the
Human Resource Development Division intranet
page at http://ciogintranet/organisation/HRDD
Left, Chief Information Officer Dr
Peter Lawrence presents Mark
Nicholas with a Certificate of
Appreciation for suggesting the
winning name – Defence One – of
a new People system that enables
integrated human resource service
delivery for Defence employees.
Above, Defence People Group and
the Human Resource Development
Division staff have been working
to develop a contemporary,
enterprise-wide people system by
early 2015 that enables integrated
human resource service delivery for
Above photo: David McClenaghan
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