Background

Bringing knowledge back to the information technology scene may well be one of the most significant roles the High Level Committee can play.  What is known is that all organizations are doing a great many things in information technology. What is less well known is what are organizations’ future intentions; which synergies would lead to increased savings; what is working well and perhaps what is working less well and in general which stage organizations have reached in their search for technological “perfection”.
Under this item, two presentations were made:

  • The World Bank — Programme performance assessment monitoring system;
  • The United Nations — Key items management report system.

Discussion

No detailed record of the discussion on this topic was recorded.

Action

The Committee:

  • Expressed its appreciation to the representative of the World Bank for his presentation on the integration of numerous databases into one data warehouse, and to the representative of the United Nations for his presentation on the managerial use of a consolidated and already integrated database;
  • Noted the willingness of the presenters to provide whatever information organizations might further require and whatever collaborative efforts organizations might wish to pursue with them.

Within its work programme, the Committee concurred with the inclusion of the following projects:

  • An inventory of systems in use — in respect of electronic mail, central database management, desktop software, local area networks, enterprise resource planning, and other applications, along with a “user satisfaction” analysis (secretariat);
  • An inventory of systems planned for introduction by organizations, giving details of the business activity which each system is meant to serve and the product(s) to be used (secretariat);
  • The second phase of the Participating Agencies Mobility System (PAMS) project, which will involve refining data requirements, surveying potential commercial products, fund-raising (to finance software purchase and licence agreements) and tailoring and installing the new system (secretariat);
  • A survey of commercial web-based hiring-management software and an analysis of their potential application (pros and cons) in the United Nations family (secretariat), and online demonstrations, where possible, of hiring-management and other management systems for HLCM members in their offices (secretariat);
  • A feasibility study on extending umbrella contracts for joint purchasing, bringing together representatives of internal auditors with procurement and information technology specialists (task force).
  • On the basis of the conclusions it had reached in December 2000 (see ACC/2000/24, para. 11), the Committee confirmed that it was important to retain strategic concerns regarding information and communication technologies as a focal point of future agendas, in particular as regards elucidating a vision for information and communication technologies over the coming 5 to 10 years that would be relevant for all organizations of the system, notwithstanding the current stage of their development of such technologies.