A new water corporation soon to be formed on the Central Coast is expected to have extensive ICT requirements. Wyong Shire Council has invited Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the provision of a comprehensive information technology environment for the Central Coast Water (CCW) Corporation on 8 February 2011.
According to the EOI, the soon-to-be-established CCW will initially require the review and integration of the existing ICT structures of Wyong and Gosford Councils, which currently perform water-related functions through their respective business systems.
As the CCW Corporation becomes a separate fully-functioning water supply authority, new information technology arrangements will be selected and implemented.
The EOI seeks to establish a list of prospective providers who will tender for these ICT solutions and services for the CCW Corporation, including:
- Operational Models (Solution Architect);
- Asset Management;
- Geographic Information System (GIS);
- Customer Relationship Management (CRM);
- Finance and Water Billing;
- Electronic Document and Records Management System (EDRMS);
- Business Intelligence and Management Reporting.
Due to the complex technical environment required, it is envisaged that more than one provider will contribute to the formulation and roll-out of the CCW ICT solution.
CCW was created by the CCW Corporation Act 2006 to manage the third largest water supply system in NSW and in response to forecast population growth, increased water conservation requirements and the complexity of the water network in the region.
Like Queensland, the marriage between ICT and water management has proved lucrative in NSW with significant budget allocations providing valuable procurement opportunities for vendors.
Intermedium’s budgetIT tool identified Sydney Water Corporation as receiving a significant chunk of funding, with the utility allocated $770 million capital expenditure in the 2010-11 Budget. $66.4 million is to be spent in the current financial year alone.
Sydney Water began expending their allocation in October 2010 with the release of a request for tender (RFT) for the provision of a new website environment as part of their upgrade of their online channels program. As Intermedium reported, the upgrade addressed:
- Re-platform of web infrastructure – solution hosting environment;
- Incorporation of web publishing and content management capabilities;
- Enablement of the website as a transactional tool in the future, supporting customer, trade and professionals self serve capacity.
The Sydney Water RFT closed 4 November 2010, though as yet the outcome of this process remains unclear as no contract award notices have been published on the NSW eTendering website.
Responses to the CCW EOI are due by 3 March 2011. Wyong Council indicates that the date for release of RFTs for the purchase of the IT solution arising from the EOI is yet to be finalised, though the EOI review will be completed by 10 March.