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In other government ICT news this week, 02 July 2012

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The Department of Health and Ageing has renewed its relationship with Accenture, signing a $47 million contract with the supplier in its capacity as National Infrastructure Partner for the roll-out of the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR).

Accenture was originally appointed National Infrastructure Partner in August 2011, under a year-long contract worth $47.7 million, the value of which has since increased to $61 million. The latest contract, however, will cover two years of service provision.

As forecast by Intermedium back in April, the Newman Queensland Government has put a stop to the roll-out of the troubled Identity, Directory and Email Services (IDES) program for good, in order to save $182 million in future operating costs. The announcement comes off the back of findings made by the Auditor-General, who said that poor governance and poor agency uptake meant that it was unlikely to realise its original outcome of $123 million worth of savings.

“These benefits were based on there being 23 000 users by 2009 and 82 000 users by 2010 at a cost of $22.50 per mail box per month,” said the Audit, adding that only 11 000 users will be migrated by August 2012.

The report found that similar problems plagued the Information and Communication Technology Consolidation (ICTC) program.

The British Government says that it has saved the equivalent of $AU248.8 million in ICT costs thanks to a range of procurement reforms, including the establishment of a ‘Cloud Store’ for the procurement of a variety of ICT services, reported IT News.

The Federal Department of Health and Ageing has purchased a mobile device management solution from DELV for $482,000, indicating moves to increase the mobility of agency staff.

Queensland Rail has issued a request for tenders to implement an enterprise-wide SAP-based asset management system.

Queensland Health has signed a contract worth just over $1 million with Microsoft to manage the implementation of a healthy hearing application for the duration of the 2012-13 financial year.

NSW Health will spend $5 million with NetApp for 60 months support related to a storage consolidation within its Health Support Services unit.

Eclipse Computing has won a $1.1 million contract with Western Australia’s Department of the Premier and Cabinet for the provision of Financial Management Information System software.

The Australian National Audit Office has found that the numbers of Australian and New Zealand passport holders using the SmartGate electronic airport immigration system are well below those originally forecast by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS). In 2010–11, 1.81 million passengers successfully used SmartGates, well below the 4.16 million forecast.

The Western Australian Auditor-General has found that four out of nine of the agencies audited in a recently released online security review were not meeting required industry security standards when it came to online customer transactions, because they were storing and processing card information in their own internal systems.

IT Newshas reported that the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) is looking at ways to fix flaws in its new inter-jurisdictional Australian Business Names Register which prevented the system from coping with a high level of demand.

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