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Government CIO announces the New Zealand Government Cloud Programme
On 6 December the Department of Internal Affairs posted a ‘Registration of Interest’ (RoI) notice on GETS inviting suppliers to contribute their expertise to the development of a business case for the adoption of cloud computing services by government.
A cloud computing business model is most often characterised by the individuals’ or organisations’ ability to use a service (or range of services) from multiple providers on a pay-per-use or subscription basis, without needing to invest in the underlying capability that delivers those services.
Such a model provides government the potential to reduce capital investment in ICT and reduce associated on-going operating costs.
The Department of Internal Affairs’ recent agreement with Datacom and Revera to launch an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) capability is a key component of any future cloud-based model adopted by government.
About the business case
Developing a business case that evaluates the use of cloud office productivity services, and how cloud services could be integrated with agency ICT legacy systems and services, is the next stage. This will identify how the cloud business model(s) could be leveraged on a whole of system basis for New Zealand government agencies and the services to be delivered within it. We will deliver our findings to the ICT Ministers at the end of April 2012.
The market engagement process (RoI) is a standard and important step in developing the business case. It is important to note that this RoI is part of a study to develop options for a business case by engaging with potential vendors to understand their capabilities and service options – it is not a procurement exercise.
The programme builds on the Department of Conservation’s previous work on the Smart Desktop Services (SDS) programme which confirmed the potential for a government-wide cloud-based model for desktop computing.
Parallel work streams
While the programme is considering the feasibility of moving to a ‘cloud,’ it is imperative that we maintain future upgrade options for our current technology platforms, and provide certainty to agencies ahead of key dates for license renewals.
To this end, a parallel work stream will ensure that there is focus on concluding the renegotiation of the government Microsoft licensing agreement and moving towards a common desktop operating (CoE) environment for government.
Victoria Dew, Senior Communications Advisor, The Department of Internal Affairs
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