In a speech made at Cebit conference, Chris Dale, Assistant Secretary Government and Network Services at the Department of Finance (Finance) announced that Finance was working on establishing a Whole-Of-Government Content Management System with working title of GovCMS. Finance is currently seeking industry comment on GovCMS, and according to their website, Finance “intends approaching the market in May 2014 through a Request for Proposal (RFP)”. Finance have already stated their preference “is for Software-as-a-Service on Public Cloud, using Open Source Drupal software.”
The department’s intent is for GovCMS “to support more effective web channel delivery functions within Government, and enable agencies to redirect effort from non-core transactional activities, towards higher-value activities that are more aligned with core agency missions.” Dale indicated that the GovCMS feasibility study was able to demonstrate significant savings for the Government.
This announcement follows recent Request For Tender for a single solution Digital Asset Management System (DAMS) by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). This is in contrast to historical Federal Government spend which has traditionally been low for Enterprise Content Management Systems. In 2012-13, Federal agencies spent $11.4 million on Content Management software and related services and $8.2million, year-to-date in 2013-14, according to Intermedium’s Analyse IT tool.