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South Australia Whole-of-Govt contracts: Reviews and extensions

by Pallavi Singhal •
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The South Australian Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) has revealed that two of its whole-of-government contracts are under review ahead of their expiration in coming months, while a number of other panels have already been extended.

The Midrange Server Equipment contract with Oracle, which is approaching final expiration on 24 September 2013, is undergoing a review to ensure value for money, said a spokesperson from OCIO.

“This review involves consulting with agencies and engaging in discussions with Oracle.”

The whole-of-government agreement for midrange server equipment, software and services has facilitated contracting worth around $22.8 million since its establishment in June 2007.

The $12.6 million Threat Management and Protection Services agreement with Dimension Data is also undergoing a value for money review prior to its expiration on 30 August 2013. The contract covers the purchase of McAfee and CA anti-virus software and McAfee personal firewall software. It was established in May 2007, and has now exercised all extension options.

Both reviews are expected to be completed by the end of August.

“The reviews of these contracts are consistent with the overall direction outlined in the draft position paper, SA Connected,” the spokesperson told Intermedium, suggesting potential changes to the scope and nature of major software and hardware contracts.

The draft paper includes a shift from buying software and hardware to “buying services”. It also outlines a “share first” approach to ICT solutions and infrastructure.

“From 2013 onwards, we will see increasing numbers of multi-agency Cabinet submissions,” says the draft.

“Where existing solutions/infrastructure are shown to be impractical, agencies will work to partner with other agencies in acquiring new capabilities. The CIO will put support in place to make it easier for agencies to share.”

The Government has also renewed or is in the process of renewing a number of other expiring arrangements:

  • A new across government arrangement for Microsoft Licencing commenced on 1 July 2013 for an initial period of three years. The existing contract, worth $50 million over four years or $12.5 million per annum, expired on 30 June 2013;
  • The Government plans to renew its Master Software Licencing contract with Novell for a further two years, following its expiration on 30 September 2013;
  • It is in negotiations with Adobe to extend its Master Software Licencing Agreement, which is approaching final expiration on 30 September 2013.

The only expiring contract that is being allowed to lapse is the ‘Addendum to the Program Certificate’ contract with CA Technologies, which expired in May 2013. The agreement for software and anti-virus management was established in 2007.

The South Australian ICT Board is responsible for the planning and implementation of all whole-of-government ICT procurements. Key areas of consideration in evaluating contracts include:

  • Value for money and whole-of-life costs;
  • Risk;
  • Technical compliance and availability of backup service; and
  • Previous supply performance.

An updated procurements summary document reflecting the new whole-of-government arrangements will be available by the end of August, according to the spokesperson.


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