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Hargraves, MA (1986) Computing in the Tasmanian state service. Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

There is no major study available of actual and projected
investment in computing by Tasmanian Government sources.
This Dissertation attempts to sketch a picture of the cost
centres involved in Tasmanian Government computing investments and
to identify trends and projected trends in that investment
picture. Chapter 2 provides the historical perspective on the
way in which computing has developed in the Tasmanian State
Service. Chapter 3 examines in detail actual and proposed
investment in computing from 1984/85. The majority of data is
taken from the Tasmanian State Service Agencies EDP Strategic
Plans, which are not published.
Chapter 4 examines the administrative controls and
management structures which have had an impact on the way in which
Agencies have made computing investment decisions. The risks and
exposures which these Agencies acknowledge exist, and those of
which they appear to be unaware, are examined.
In the final part of this Dissertation some proposals are
made to reorganise certain administrative structures which impact
on computing resources in the State Service. In addition, based
on the trends observed in the investment picture and the risks
acknowledged by the managers, certain proposals for staff
development are made.

The investment picture revealed from the examination of the
unpublished data indicates that around $17.7 million to $19.4
million will be spent on computing activities in the Tasmanian
State Service in 1986/87. Over the past three years, investment
in computing has been mainly proportioned between capital
equipment costs (18-33%), associated recurrent costs (34-14%) and
staffing costs (31-40%).
The study demonstrates that the trends in predictions
regarding non-specialist users requiring access to computer
systems will require significant improvements in staff
development, software ergonomics and capacity planning by DP
managers as well as policy redirections which appear to be largely
unrecognised at present.

Item Type: Thesis (Unspecified)
Keywords: Administrative agencies
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Thesis (M.Soc.Sc.)--University of Tasmania, 1987. Bibliography: leaves 98-100

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