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CenITex goes to market for IT Governance, Risk and Compliance solution

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The Victorian Government’s centralised ICT shared services agency, CenITex, is seeking a suitable candidate to oversee the provision of an IT Governance, Risk and Compliance (ITGRC) solution, which has the potential to be deployed across the Victorian Government.  

CenITex is looking to procure an application that has already been developed and is in use within similar-sized organisations, so that only minimal work is required to configure it to the shared services agency’s specific needs.

“When fully installed and implemented the ITGRC solution will assist CenITex in managing the governance, risk and compliance obligations of the CenITex customer base for the infrastructure services within its service catalogue offerings,” say the tender documents.

The successful tenderer will be responsible for the installation, integration, ongoing maintenance and service management support for the ITGRC solution.

Amongst other things, the solution will be required to manage all of the security frameworks and standards that apply to Victorian agencies; to run risk assessments on Victorian Government projects and flag any issues that arise; to track progress against audit issues and to provide real time reporting functions via a web interface.

The RFT said that the ITGRC solution may potentially be deployed for use across CenITex’s client agencies, following the final installation and configuration of the solution within the shared services agency itself.

CenITex currently manages the ICT services and systems for 12 Victorian Government Departments including: Transport, Sustainability and Environment, Health and Justice. Victoria Police and Vicroads will have their common IT functions transferred over to CenITex by the end of 2012.

The Centre for IT Excellence (CenITex) was launched in July 2008 through a merger of two State ICT shared services organisations, the Shared Services Centre and Information and Technology Services.

CenITex is the state body responsible for centralising ICT support for state government departments and agencies. The agency’s “One ICT Service" vision encompasses a whole-of-Victorian Government (WoVG) deployment of services and solutions acquired by CenITex.

The One ICT Service vision is to be delivered under the Efficient Technology Services (ETS) program. The ETS aims to create a central WoVG management system, rationalising the procurement, design, deployment and support of ICT services, reducing costs incurred by service duplication, improve security and enhance Government flexibility to deliver such services.

The ITGRC Solution falls under the Technology stream of the ETS, which aims to consolidate and standardise software and hardware platforms across Victorian state departments and agencies, ultimately reducing costs for the Victorian Government.

Information Security Management Capability is also a core component of the ETS Technology stream. Under this program, CenITex will upgrade its organisational capability, processes and tools to facilitate information security management transformation to the required end state.

The ETS program was born out of the Victorian Government’s 2007 Efficient Government Policy, which advocated for the development of a standardised state-wide approach for the use of shared ICT services across the Victorian Government.

The 2009-10 Victorian State Budget originally allocated $66 million of output funding and a Total Estimated Investment of $29 million in funding over 3 years for the implementation of the ETS initiative.

All submissions the ITGRC RFT are due by 2 PM, 29 September 2011 EST.


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