ACMA completes move to Win7

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has completed its desktop migration from Windows XP and 2000 to Windows 7, according to its chief information officer, Carsten Larsen.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has completed its desktop migration from Windows XP and 2000 to Windows 7, according to its chief information officer, Carsten Larsen.

The Federal Government broadcasting regulator has completed the migration of 750 desktop computers over the Christmas break. The licensing, migration and integration work for the Windows 7 and Office 2007 upgrade was provided by Data#3 with the assistance of the ACMA's incumbent outsourced IT support provider, Logica.

Larsen, who took up the role in June last year after departing Canberra utility ActewAGL and telco TransACT, told ZDNet.com.au that it had also replaced 300 desktops. Its offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra were included in the roll-out of Windows 7, he said.

The move to Microsoft's latest operating system would provide the foundation for the ACMA to move to Microsoft's customer relationship management (CRM) platform, Dynamics, said Larsen. According to tender documents, the agency will migrate its CRM throughout 2010, and will also commence implementing a new web portal, identity management systems and business process management software.

The ACMA's former CIO, Cliff Van Lohuizen, meanwhile left the regulator shortly after it boosted the profile and pay of its CIO, offering the new candidate at the time of advertising in April last year a salary of $218,000 per annum. Van Lohuizen left the ACMA two months after Larsen's arrival from a two-year stint with the agency and has now taken up a post as chief operating officer of Oracle Home Loans.

The agency is also set to receive extra federal funding next year to boost the security around how it handles the list of banned refused classification offshore-hosted websites, which will form the basis of Australia's proposed mandatory internet service provider filtering scheme.