The Department of Broadband and Communications has approached the market for a Technology Advice Panel that will provide specialised services to the Department. Successful panellists may be required to undertake research and analysis of the ICT industry, and provide testing and compliance assessments and advice. Additionally they may be required to implement technology including cyber security infrastructure, service provider infrastructure (routers/switches, access and core network technologies) and wireless and radio frequency based technologies. Tender documents state that the Department intends to allow other agencies to “piggyback” off the panel. Submission close on 4 December 2013, and the panel is due to be operational by January 2014.
The New Zealand Government has established whole-of-government contracts for desktop-as-a-service with Datacom, Dimension Data and Fujitsu. Five agencies will transition to the cloud-based arrangement as soon as the contracts are available with eight more set to follow, bringing initial procurement through the contracts to over 30,000 computers. The New Zealand Government is also planning to adopt cloud-based solutions for document and records management, and office productivity (email and calendar) services in coming months.
Queensland’s Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts (DSITIA) is calling for the public to provide feedback on the draft Queensland Digital Economy Strategy by contributing ideas on how the Government can “revitalise frontline services and advance the economy”. The Government is “committed to embracing the full potential of the digital economy and we are working hard to transform the way services are delivered,” said IT Minister Ian Walker. “There is still plenty we can do to use the internet to improve the economy and the lives of all Queenslanders.”
The NSW Procurement Board has released a new Direction to Government agencies for the procurement of probity advisory and audit services. The Direction outlines the criteria for the use of probity services, including where the project is extremely complex, has substantial costs or high levels of Government funding. It also suggests that agencies should look at using existing resources within the public sector before employing outside services.
The NSW bushfires marked the first use of HealthShare NSW’s State Health Emergency Management System (SHEMS), which has been developed to coordinate communication during major incidents and provide real-time information and support.
HealthShare NSW’s Enterprise Imaging Repository for storing and sharing digital radiology images across the State’s public hospitals has been named a finalist for the 2013 NSW Premier’s Public Services Awards.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the end-to-end delivery of a High Performance Computational system (HPC). According to tender documents, the system must be able to operate in “a high-availability, parallel computation and data-intensive, 24x7 production environment”. The agency intends to begin implementation in 2015 under a six-year contract with the successful supplier. Proposals must include the expected capital and operational expenditure over the six-year period. Submissions close on 4 December 2013.
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