The NSW Government has announced the membership of its first NSW Procurement Industry Advisory Group, a panel of private sector experts that will help the State devise its procurement policies. The seven members are:
- Garry Browne (Chair) – CEO and Managing Director, Stuart Alexander & Co Pty Ltd;
- Peter North AM – Chairman, Streeton Consulting Pty Ltd;
- Trudy Vonhoff – Non-executive Director, AMP Bank Limited;
- Alan Bennett – General Manager & Vice President, HP Enterprise Services, South Pacific;
- Irina Zvereva – Corporate Counsel, Caltex Australia Group;
- James North, Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth; and
- Adrian Best – Director, Synerge Pty Ltd.
South Australia’s Office of the Chief Information Officer has opened tendering for its whole-of-government Distributed Computing Support Services (DCSS) panel, estimated to be worth $39 million per annum to the current members HP and NEC.
Reforms to the structure of the Department of Finance and Deregulation, which will see the functions of the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) split between policy and procurement, will take effect today.
The beginning of February also marked the beginning of Queensland’s Commission of Inquiry into the Queensland Health payroll failure, to be led by Richard Chesterman QC. The Commission is due to report back to the Premier by 30 April 2013.
The Department of Health and Ageing has selected Boston Consulting Group to assess its current ICT sourcing arrangements and shape up a plan for the future, following an approach to market in September. The Department currently has a 15 year ICT outsourcing arrangement in place with IBM, as well as a range of telecommunications deals with Optus, Telstra and Verizon, all of which are due for market testing between 2012 and 2015.
Transport for NSW plans to follow the release of real-time bus arrival apps with equivalent tools that will allow smartphone users to look up satellite-generated arrival estimates for Sydney trains. Third party app developers have been invited to an ‘App Hot House’ to take place over the weekend of 16 and 17 February.
The Department of Defence has signed a $3.5 million contract with IBM via the Applications Managed Services Partnership Arrangement (AMSPA). The year-long deal covers IBM Resources for Defence Online Services Domain.
IT Newsreports that the Department of Defence is nearing the completion of a $25 million project to transition 1000 operational, development and research systems onto Intel-based servers running Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
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