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Reflections One Year On

by Judy Hurditch •
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The Medium turns one year old today. It’s a big milestone for us. It’s also been a big journey. Thank you for coming with us, with a special thanks for our advertisers and all those who gave us so much encouragement and helpful feedback.

In the first edition of the Medium, we led with articles about upheavals in NSW government procurement and the first round of the new Federal government procurement plans – and in this edition, we feature upheavals in NSW government procurement and the second round of Federal government procurement plans! What’s that proverb about “the more things change, the more they stay the same”?

Yet this has been a year of major changes in the government ICT market. At the Federal level, we have seen the first round of outsourcing agreements run to an end, with market testing by Customs, DIMA, DVA and, for the first time, Defence. CSIRO and DIMA have embarked on major overhauls of their systems. The smartcard project is up and running, along with a new e-Government strategy. The number of open tenders released to the market continued to climb, reflecting the impact of the Australia/US Free Trade Agreement. It’s been a very busy year.

In the NSW government market, major new directions for ICT were announced in the “People First” strategic plan only yesterday. “People First” aims to improve access to e-government services and consolidate and improve back end systems and procurement practices, with major savings to government. This will be a very different ballgame for prospective suppliers.

So not much stayed the same, after all. And those changes offered many opportunities and some big wins, for those astute enough to spot them and be prepared.

We hope The Medium has helped you spot your opportunities. Good hunting in the year ahead!

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