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NSW quick turnaround on TAFE system replacement

by Poppy Johnston •
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Topics: Software; ICT Strategy; Cloud; NSW.

TAFE NSW has swiftly approached the market for a preferably cloud-based learning management system to replace the underperforming Student Administration and Learning Management (SALM) system currently supplied by Tribal.

Minster for Skills and Small Business John Barilaro announced last week that the Tribal solution will be discontinued by January 2018. A pre-tender notice for its replacement was released on the same day.

TAFE NSW will continue to use the existing $67 million Tribal system until the new one is built.

According to the notice, the new solution should be “agile and scalable” and “facilitate a positive and effective user experience for students and TAFE NSW staff”. The agency anticipates that the selected product will be cloud based.

The system will need to support student recruitment, enrolment and alumni services, and integrate seamlessly with existing TAFE NSW ICT infrastructure – including learning, financial, and human capital systems.

Wasting no time getting the procurement in motion, the expected tender release date is 30 June 2016. A swift procurement and market testing process will be necessary for the replacement solution to begin operation by the January 2018 enrolment period deadline.

Suppliers must be on the state's advanced register supplier list to bid for the work.

$334.2 million over four years has been allocated towards TAFE construction and information technology projects in NSW’s 2016-17 Budget, which was released on 21 June 2016.

SALM is part of the Learning Management Business Reform program, which was rolled out in October 2014 when TAFE NSW was still part of the Department of Education. The program was established in 2006 to replace outdated finance, human resource, student administration, and learning processes.

In early 2015, it was reported that many TAFE students were not officially enrolled in their respective courses due to SALM implementation issues.

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