Bureau of Meteorology appoints new CIO

Robert Loverey to take over from acting BOM CIO Phil Tannenbaum and hit the ground running with 14 cost and efficiency projects

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has appointed a new CIO, Robert Loverey, to oversee the government department’s ongoing IT efficiency and cost cutting programs.

Lovery, formally business systems and application manager at the Victorian Environmental Protection Agency, takes over from Phil Tannenbaum who was has been working as the acting-CIO for some time at the Bureau.

According to Lovery, Tannenbaum remains at the BOM working in an advisory capacity as he gets up to speed on about 14 major projects currently under way at the Bureau.

Lovery, in the role for about two months, said one of the major attractions for coming on as the new CIO at the BOM was the sheer size and complexity of the agency’s IT environment.

“The NSW EPA is a state based organisation, but it was dealing in a very similar scientific and subject manner in climate change,” he said. “At the BOM I can continue that work with a national portfolio.”

While at the Victorian EPA Loverey was responsible for consolidating the EPA’s portfolio of applications into a number of key areas. Among other things he will be applying that experience at the BOM.

“The thing I’d like to do is make sure that as an organisation we are doing the right things from a connected government and shared government perspective,” he said.

“I’d like to make sure we take the opportunity that we improve our technology capabilities while taking advantage of some of the commoditised solutions available out in the market. That’s not to say I’m considering outsourcing, but making sure we are staying up to date with best practices in the market.”

As reported in Computerworld, the BOM is well on the way toward implementing the recommendations of the Gershon Review with around many initiatives underway designed to cut costs and improve efficiency.

Major projects included developing an organisation-wide approach to virtualisation, printer consolidation, helpdesk, application server and an improved SOE were the key areas of focus among the initiatives.

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