The Northern Territory Government has commenced a procurement drive to get the ball rolling on a number of key projects underway across the region, with batch of IT services tenders providing a rare insight into the ICT activities of this small jurisdiction.
The latest tenders have revealed that the Government is seeking suppliers for three major areas of work:
- Corporate Services Review
- Data Centre Services
- Whole-of-Government Asset Management System (AMS) Solution
For the AMS Solution, the Department of Construction and Infrastructure has released two Requests for Quotation (RFQs) seeking contractors to work alongside the systems integrator Fujitsu. One of the RFQs focuses on GIS integration and the other will concentrate on data migration activities and services.
It is hoped that the standardised AMS Solution will streamline processes between business areas, improve management reporting, reduce operating costs and improve service delivery across the Government. The project is currently scheduled to go live in early 2012.
The other two major projects, Corporate Services Review (CSR) and Data Centre Services (DCS), are being rolled out by the Department of Business and Employment (DBE).
For the CSR program, the DBE has released the following RFQs for ICT services:
- HP Service Management Architecture-Design Services
- Provision of Senior .NET Programmer/tester services
- Provision of .NET programmer Services
As outlined in the Information Communications Technology Strategic Intent 2010 - 2015 document, the Corporate Services Review (CSR) is a suite of sub‐projects designed to improve finance and HR business processes across the entire Northern Territory Government.
The Government is looking to procure the services of several suppliers who will assist the DBE with the implementation of these whole-of-government business systems, which have been designed assist the corporate services reforms.
According to the tender documents, the DBE has established a “body of work” to develop a number of solutions over the next 12 or so months. The successful applicants will be responsible for the development of new productive solutions for a minimum period of 12 months.
Also on the DBE’s agenda is the provision of ongoing resources for its Data Centre Services (DCS). According to tender documents released by the Department, one of these tenders will acquire services for the ongoing maintenance of the Northern Territory Government’s Identity Management System, EPASS, which falls under the DCS program of work directorate.
The second RFQ seeks the services of a developer who will be responsible for the creation and ongoing maintenance of Lotus Notes for the Government Computer Operations Centre, which is responsible for providing servers to a number of government agencies.
The underpinning document for the Northern Territory Government’s ICT procurement, the ICT Strategic Intent 2010 - 2015 document, supports the larger Territory 2030 Strategy paper.
The Territory 2030 paper outlines the Government’s key objectives for the Territory over the next two decades, many of which involve an increase in the use of ICT products and services.
The ICT Strategic Intent 2010-15 document also draws upon the recommendations Sir Peter Gershon made for the Federal Government as part of his review of the Commonwealth’s use of ICT in 2008. This no doubt influenced the decision to pursue consolidated solutions such as the AMS and data centre reform.
Through the adoption of these recommendations, the Northern Territory ICT Strategic Intent Paper aims to improve the Territory’s public sector ICT infrastructure by integrating and standardising common ICT services and architectural design principles through a whole-of-government approach.
With the intention of creating a “connected community” through an ICT consolidation strategy, the paper also identified Cloud Computing as one of the key ICT trends and priorities, with the DCS RFQs indicating the Government’s ongoing ICT procurement activities are still aligned with the Strategic Intent paper.