The Victorian Government has underscored its commitment to CenITex, with an 8-fold budget increase to $95.16m in 2009-10, to support it in establishing a shared services platform across all state agencies. However while CenITex is a core plank of Victorian Government ICT, it remains only one aspect of a complex ICT service provision environment for many agencies.
The shared services program, known as the Efficient Technology Services Program (ETS), is slated for completion by 2012 and aims at consolidating ICT services across the Victorian Government, to reap state wide efficiency dividends and streamline the ICT functions of Whole of Victorian Government (WoVG) central projects.
CenITex is focused specifically on the implementation of a shared services platform across the state, and not on overseeing all Victorian Government ICT programs. CenITex only participates in projects which relate to the whole of Victorian Government.
Core strategies within the scope of the ETS program include providing shared enterprise tools and services, the implementation of identity and access management, ICT security services and to provide a statewide hosting service.
Strategies and objectives falling outside of the ETS program include anything specific to an individual department such as developing department specific applications, business processes or ICT consulting.
From here on, the process for WoVG ICT projects will involve CenITex, which will be the only organisation to receive a project brief from ETS. CenITex will then decided whether to undertake the project in-house, hire in external capability or contract an external supplier.
In undertaking procurement CenITex will continue to use the existing State Purchase Contracts contractual panels and external contracts awarded still have to meet legal requirements stipulated by the Victorian Government Purchasing Board.
CenITex will not manage the procurement process for department specific ICT projects. Individual departments remain responsible for contracting for their own ICT needs.
In the future it will be necessary to work both with CenITex and directly with the agencies to source ICT opportunities with the Victorian Government. Intermedium is finalising a comprehensive Agency Profile on CenITex. For more information, contact sales or phone 02 9955 9896
Intermedium is finalising a comprehensive Agency Profile on CenITex. For more information, contact sales or phone 02 9955 9896