The Victorian Government has released its updated ICT Strategy for 2014-15.
Minister for Technology, Gordon Rich-Phillips specified that the Strategy has been designed to focus on public cloud framework, mobility technologies and greater community access to government datasets.
The Coalition Government’s first ICT Strategy was released earlier this year and primarily focussed on Whole-of-Government ICT policies and processes.
“The intention of this update is to continue to focus on technology to improve service delivery to Victorians and provide greater productivity across the Victorian Government in the face of rising demand for government services and tightened budgets,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.
ICT decision-making within the Victorian Government will be guided by ten principles laid out in the Strategy. Under these principles large ICT projects will be staged and focused on delivering business benefits earlier. ICT systems will be “interoperable, modular and reusable” while technology will be trialled before its adopted.
The Government will follow NSW and Queensland in adopting a cloud-first policy. The Strategy states, “Cloud-based ICT services will be evaluated ﬁrst for new and renewed systems”. Mobility will also be incorporated into new and existing systems as the Government acknowledges “Victorians expect to be able to engage with government anywhere and at any time”.
Based on these principles, the updated Strategy features a number of new actions including:
- Commencing the implementation of the Victorian Government Public Wi-Fi Action Plan by June 2014;
- Investigate and implement opportunities for utilising ‘big data’ analytics capabilities within the government by May 2015;
- Appoint a Chief Data Officer by August 2014;
- Develop a whole-of-government policy position that will guide agencies to develop an agency level ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) policy by February 2015; and
- Develop a public cloud framework by July 2014.