ACCC races Budget to build new website

 

Seeks Drupal vendor to replace its Sytadel CMS.

Australia's competition watchdog is racing to move from its nine-year-old content management system (CMS) to the open source Drupal platform before the Government tightens its budget in July.

Under 2012-13 federal budget savings measures, announced last November, agencies will be required to achieve an additional 2.5 percent efficiency dividend by reducing expenditure on consultants and contractors, travel, media, advertising, printing and publication.

A spokesman for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said it was working to a "very tight timetable" for the redevelopment of its website.

All work would be undertaken from May to June, so as to complete the project by the end of the financial year, he said.

According to ACCC tender documents, the commission will deploy Drupal version 7 to replace a Sytadel CMS developed by local company Synop in 2003.

Synop closed shop in 1 October 2006, and work on Sytadel effectively ended with the CMS becoming open source in 2009.

ACCC's annual report for 2010-11 reveals it sought to maintain the CMS when it "undertook a modernisation of the ACCC website’s technology base" using Sytadel 5.

It began using Drupal for a Freedom of Information document portal last year, joining several high-profile Drupal sites in the Australian public sector, including those of the Prime Minister, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Department of Regional Australia and Australian Law Reform Commission.

Tender documents published last week revealed that the ACCC had installed Drupal into a virtualised server environment, and was in the process of configuring the platform within its IT infrastructure.

Consulting services required

The ACCC called for an "experienced vendor" to help it develop a content migration strategy for moving from Sytadel to the new Information Architecture within Drupal.

It sought strategic technical advice, Drupal module selection and review, Drupal programming and related quality assurance work.

The successful vendor will work with an in-house Applications Management team, with the in-house team responsible for installation, configuration and long-term maintenance of the Drupal CMS.

Besides developing the new Information Architecture and website design for "a complex website structure of approximately 65,000 content pages", the vendor will be required to document best practice, train ACCC IT staff, assist with integration and provide advice on complementary toolsets.

Tender documents suggest that all work will be undertaken at the ACCC’s Canberra offices and will be costed on a time and materials basis with zero or “minimal” budget for travel.

Copyright © iTnews.com.au . All rights reserved.


ACCC races Budget to build new website
 
 
 
Top Stories
Windows 10 lands in Australia
Campaign to get business to upgrade kicks off.
 
NSW to build its own myGov
Service NSW digital profiles available by September.
 
Android bug leaves a billion phones open to attack
Hackers only need phone number to target devices.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest articles on BIT Latest Articles from BIT
The 5 Windows 10 privacy issues you should be aware of
Jul 31, 2015
There are a few unsettling details when it comes to Windows 10 privacy
Windows 10 is here! (For some)
Jul 29, 2015
Delivery of the free upgrade versions of Windows 10 began today - have you got yours yet?
Microsoft reveals Microsoft Send, a new enterprise chat app to rival Slack
Jul 27, 2015
Microsoft Send is MSN Messenger for grownups, and you could be using it at work very soon
Developers offered $500,000 grants to find HoloLens uses
Jul 8, 2015
Can augmented-reality end up in business?
Microsoft Tossup: The planning app for unorganised groups of friends
Jul 8, 2015
App allows friends to research venues, vote on plans and chat. And depending on how you run your ...
Latest Comments
Polls
Should law enforcement be able to buy and use exploits?



   |   View results
Yes
  14%
 
No
  51%
 
Only in special circumstances
  17%
 
Yes, but with more transparency
  18%
TOTAL VOTES: 782

Vote