Queensland water authority, Seqwater, is in the process of rebuilding and redesigning its ICT infrastructure and has approached the market to implement a web content management system.
Seqwater, which is the trading name for the Queensland Bulk Water Supply Authority, released a Request for Tender (RFT) for the system on 4 March 2011. The software infrastructure will facilitate an open intranet, through which the authority hopes to promote collaboration and knowledge sharing among staff.
This new communications platform is expected to provide access to information, services, and support for Seqwater’s employees and stakeholders. It will allow for collaboration between water storage sites and treatment facilities across south-east Queensland and the organisation’s primary offices.
The system’s content, which will include catchment based information and updates relating to specific sites, will need to be accessible by staff through an online portal and the system must be integrate into the Microsoft-dominated technical environment at Seqwater.
The system will also be required to work across a pre-existing network which consists of 40 geographic locations, interconnected by Telstra’s IP WAN.
The successful tenderer is to provide training and support throughout the installation and configuration of the System.
The ongoing nature of this project is designed to ensure that the refurbishment of Seqwater’s ICT infrastructure results in minimal disruptions to the organisation’s functioning. The system requires 99 percent uptime, with updates occurring in periods of low site traffic.
The web content system forms part of a wider overhaul of ICT infrastructure at the water authority.
One of the core components of the overhaul has been the development of a single Corporate Information System (CIS) which integrates finance, human resources, asset management, business intelligence, procurement and reporting functions.
Seqwater’s 2009-10 Annual Report reveals that the CIS program, initially intended to cover two financial years, from 2008-09, has been extended into 2010-11.
As well as the completion of the CIS and the implementation of the web content management system, the establishment of off-site disaster recovery facilities has also been scheduled for the current financial year.
The Authority has also recently approached the market seeking a data centre solution, as reported by Intermedium in February this year.
Intermedium’s Budget IT shows that in 2010-11 Seqwater was allocated $51 million from the State Budget for ICT projects. This included $47.4 million for an upgrade of their SCADA system.
Queensland’s 2010-11 Budget is due to be handed down on 14 June, and Intermediumwill be providing analytical coverage both before and after its release, as well as compiling the annual Queensland Budget IT tool.
The Seqwater RFT closes on 31 March 2011.