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Print and Imaging the latest service to be sent into the cloud in Queensland

by Sam Murphy •
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Queensland is continuing to push-forward as the biggest user of cloud technology in Australia with the latest as-a-service project to focus on print and imaging solutions.

The Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts (DSITIA) has issued an Invitation to Offer (ITO) for whole-of-Government print and imaging as a service (PIaaS) panel.

The panel will be open to a maximum of four suppliers and will run for a duration of five years with an option for two, one year extensions.

According to the ITO, “PIaaS is an end-to-end solution in which government can gain the ability to print, copy, scan, and/or fax documents without having to own or lease any of the equipment or associated software.”

The Government is adopting PIaaS in a bid to remove duplication within the Government, reduce costs and energy consumption and to align the procurement of print and imaging with Queensland’s ICT policies.

In May 2014, Queensland became the first jurisdiction to formally mandate cloud-first. An update to its Cloud Computing Strategy stated, “This approach to the sourcing of ICT functions will require agencies to adopt cloud-based services as the default ICT-as-a-service solution unless a sound business case exists for a contrary solution.”

Under the Strategy, agencies will be required to develop roadmaps for the adoption of ICT-as-a-service. A cloud computing decision framework will also be developed to guide agencies on risk and data security.

Already, Queensland has a number of whole-of-government as-a-service solutions. In December 2013, DSITIA established a Whole-of-Government standing offer arrangement for Software Asset Management (SAM) Managed Services. The contract is estimated to be worth $9.75 million and was awarded to Dimension Data.

It is also currently putting in place a $3.4million email-as-a-service solution which is due to be implemented by December 2014. DSITIA originally expected to be transitioned to email-as-a-service by the end of 2013.  However, a 31 December 2013 update to DSITIA’s ICT Dashboard indicated that the project “has exceeded original timeframes”. 

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