The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) has released an update to The Guide to ICT Sourcing for Australian Government Agencies which was first published in May 2004. It is intended as a guide for Australian Government agencies that are dealing with ICT sourcing issues. It is therefore also extremely useful to companies wishing to better understand the key issues and frameworks which sit behind government thinking on ICT sourcing.
It describes how agencies might manage ICT sourcing, including assessing, negotiating and managing ICT sourcing arrangements. The Guide is based on a four-phase lifecycle, starting with a decision about whether to change the current sourcing strategy and concludes with an approach for transitioning to, and managing, a new sourcing solution.
The Guide provides practical frameworks to help agencies resolve the key challenges and questions they are likely to confront. The Guide emphasises Phases I and II of the lifecycle – establishing the case for change and developing a sourcing strategy – because these have been identified as a priority for agencies, and because there are several Australian Government publications that address the other phases.
The appendices provide supporting tools and information to help agencies work through this lifecycle. In particular, Appendix A describes a tool that was developed to help agencies determine the economic value of an existing or proposed sourcing arrangement.