Topics: IT Services; Software; ICT Strategy; Data Analytics; Fed.
In line with its wider effort to standardise information management, the Department of Defence has begun looking for a supplier to support the Royal Australian Navy “rapidly mature its information capability.”
The services, which include software development and maintenance, will support the Navy’s information management capability, principally the Navy Information Management System (NIMS) – a bespoke suite of applications used “to gather and manipulate a range of classified business intelligence and warfighting data.”
An Invitation to Register (ITR) will be used to identity a shortlist of potential suppliers prior to the release of a Request for Tender in early 2017. The department is proposing a five-year contract term beginning on 1 July 2017.
The supplier is required to adhere to the Navy’s service management (governance) framework when developing applications and associated databases and services, as well as Defence’s Enterprise Management framework.
In addition to ongoing maintenance of the NIMS, the supplier will: 1) transition applications developed in Delphi to a more widely supported language; 2) improve existing applications/tools to enhance access to information from multiple sources; and 3) improve access and use of information and big data.
“The Contractor will be required to assist Navy to rapidly mature its information management capability to a level where trusted and accurate information and information services are available to enhance military and business operations across the Australia Defence Organisation”, tender documents state.
Defence CIO Peter Lawrence has previously said that Australia’s future war capability rests on the interoperability of its ICT and its ability to manage growing volumes of information.
Information management across the department was identified as a priority by the First Principles Review of Defence in April 2015. The review recommended that Defence adopt the One Defence business model – an enterprise approach to consolidate and standardise its information management functions.
“Information management is a critical enabler for One Defence… [but] it is apparent that current practices are materially impeding operational effectiveness and efficiency,” the review said.
Defence is currently in the process of consolidating 500 finance, logistics, procurement, engineering and maintenance applications through its $1 billion-plus enterprise resource planning transformation program. The program is expected to help the department realise the One Defence model.
The 2016 Defence White Paper, released in February, allocated more than $5 billion to enhancing core system and improving information management across Defence over the next ten years.
Submissions to the ITR will close 31 October 2016.