Election 2013: Government IT Election 2013: Government IT

The Federal Government has boasted of millions of dollars in savings generated from its coordinated approach to ICT procurement. The strategy has been to trade membership of exclusive markets through restricted panels for hefty discounts on everything from desktop hardware and Microsoft licences to floor space in data centres.

The Coalition plans to turn this on its head, scrapping the panels in favour of a single central list of suppliers vetted to supply to government across all goods and services categories. It says that this will avoid the costs of bidding for a panel place, which can exceed $40,000.

Labor:

  • Fixed term procurement panels for commodity goods and services, including ICT
  • Savings generated by leveraging coordinated buying power in exchange for discounts
  • Agencies required to consider cloud options as part of new ICT procurements
  • ICT procurement overseen by the Department of Finance and Deregulation
  • Panels mandated but agency autonomy in other buying areas
  • Coalition:

  • One central panel of all prequalified suppliers, including ICT
  • Savings generated by minimising administrative costs and red-tape
  • Advocate ‘cloud first’ approach where cloud options would be selected as default
  • ICT procurement overseen by the Department of Finance and Deregulation
  • ICT spending audit
  • Allow ‘heavy user’ agencies to maintain IT autonomy while ‘light user’ agencies move to cloud or shared solutions
  • DTA names first hardware marketplace suppliers

    DTA names first hardware marketplace suppliers

    Panel now live for enterprise storage.
    Sep 25 2018 6:30AM
    SA govt outsourcing in $48m blowout

    SA govt outsourcing in $48m blowout

    Ten-year desktop deal not delivering on savings, jobs ... or anything, really.
    Sep 24 2018 8:30AM
    NSW Finance appoints new CIO

    NSW Finance appoints new CIO

    Internal promotion after Host decamps to Transport.
    Sep 6 2018 6:45AM
    WA's GovNext IT buying scheme overstated savings

    WA's GovNext IT buying scheme overstated savings

    Auditor finds savings model 'unrealistic'.
    Aug 30 2018 2:28PM
    NSW govt rolls fix for IT procurement

    NSW govt rolls fix for IT procurement

    Starting with cloud services.
    Aug 8 2018 6:55AM
    NSW govt signs new Microsoft, Salesforce deals

    NSW govt signs new Microsoft, Salesforce deals

    And restarts telco arrangements.
    Jul 16 2018 3:30PM
    IBM deal exposes real cost of legacy

    IBM deal exposes real cost of legacy

    The vendor government can't live without.
    Jul 5 2018 12:00PM
    Defence unveils new IT services landscape

    Defence unveils new IT services landscape

    Appoints 32 providers to mega panel.
    Jul 4 2018 11:30AM
    SA Ombudsman finds deficiencies with EPAS procurement

    SA Ombudsman finds deficiencies with EPAS procurement

    Did not observe proper practices.
    Jun 8 2018 11:41AM
    NSW govt set to launch new procurement platform

    NSW govt set to launch new procurement platform

    First iteration focused on cloud.
    May 15 2018 5:05PM
    Qld govt eyes new procurement systems

    Qld govt eyes new procurement systems

    To link up “fragmented” processes.
    Apr 5 2018 11:50AM
    DTA exposes new IT buying framework

    DTA exposes new IT buying framework

    Seeks feedback from industry.
    Apr 4 2018 6:25AM
    Defence picks strategic partners for billion-dollar ERP overhaul

    Defence picks strategic partners for billion-dollar ERP overhaul

    But no word on system integrators.
    Mar 27 2018 6:00AM
    DTA to identify share of govt IT deals won by Aussie businesses

    DTA to identify share of govt IT deals won by Aussie businesses

    Looks to expand insights reporting.
    Mar 14 2018 10:30AM
    Data#3 handed back whole-of-govt Microsoft deal

    Data#3 handed back whole-of-govt Microsoft deal

    Through new co-ordinated buying scheme.
    Mar 9 2018 2:22PM
    WA inquiry gives GovNext IT buying scheme tick of approval

    WA inquiry gives GovNext IT buying scheme tick of approval

    But calls for further planning.
    Feb 22 2018 6:30AM
    DTA pushes Commonwealth to adopt more cloud

    DTA pushes Commonwealth to adopt more cloud

    Unveils updated whole-of-govt strategy.
    Feb 1 2018 2:37PM
    DTA appoints IT procurement chief

    DTA appoints IT procurement chief

    Westpac exec to oversee whole-of-gov push.
    Dec 21 2017 4:42PM
    The biggest Australian govt IT suppliers, ranked

    The biggest Australian govt IT suppliers, ranked

    And which agencies are spending the most money.
    Dec 6 2017 4:03PM
    DTA unveils whole-of-gov hardware marketplace

    DTA unveils whole-of-gov hardware marketplace

    One-stop shop to replace panels.
    Dec 5 2017 6:00PM

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