South Australia state government CIO Andrew Mills has spoken about the challenges that he has faced in his 30 years in the public sector and provided an insight into the delivery of the state's IT projects.\nIn Sydney this week for the CeBIT conference, Mills gave an insight into how his department is making life easier for citizens with the "common site for government project"; a move that has seen hundreds of government Web sites merge into one portal.\n\u201cWe\u2019re writing information in a way so that people who aren\u2019t in government can understand what they\u2019re seeing,\u201d Mills told CIO.\n\u201cIt\u2019s quite a different way of delivering government information online. It\u2019s about going from multiple website approach to a single site for government,\u201d he said.\nMills stressed that establishing good priorities has been important to his success in the role of CIO.\n\u201cAs with any cross government role, it\u2019s about picking the right priorities.\u201d\nHe also said one of his greatest achievements was the completion of the Future ICT project - a project that resulted in the creation of SA\u2019s new sourcing department. This project allowed Mills to establish a team that he still works with today.\n\u201cI saw the program from start to finish and I saw the delivery. That group now works for me so I\u2019ve got a lot of continuity,\u201d he said.\nWhen providing career advice for other CIOs in the public sector, Mills was clear to emphasise that any words of wisdom he had could apply to CIOs across a number of different sectors. He was also quick to point out that the needs of the business should remain a priority.\n\u201cListen to business and meet the business\u2019 needs. Too often ICT gets isolated and it\u2019s about opening up to the business and realising what\u2019s possible and what\u2019s not possible.\n\u201cI think the role is changing and is more about looking at the technology side. I think it\u2019s reaching the stage where it has to be business focused.\u201d\nMills described how the cloud is increasingly being used by the SA government. While Mills doesn\u2019t particularly like the term "cloud", he said cloud storage solutions are starting to have a greater impact on the business models of many government entities.\n\u201cWe already have a government cloud in some senses,\u201d he said. We only use one mainframe which boarders on infrastructure-as-a-service, we\u2019ve bought our payroll as software-as-a-service for the past seven years, and all of our public sector is on one e-mail system. So in a sense it\u2019s a continuation. I think the business model is changing."