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Sunday, 22 January 2017 23:40

NEC contracted for digital transformation of WA Govt agencies Featured


ICT solutions and services group NEC Australia has been appointed by the Western Australian Government as one of three suppliers to assist with the implementation of its whole-of-government digital transformation programme.

Under the contract, NEC is one of three companies to lead GovNext-ICT, a whole-of- government IT programme operated by WA’s Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (GCIO) that will help state agencies undertake a digital transformation of all their ICT services.

The contract includes the migration of on-premise ICT infrastructure to a hybrid cloud architecture on a unified state-wide network in a consumption-based model.

NEC says the work being undertaken as part of GovNext-ICT positions the WA Government to fully exploit the emergence of as-a-service consumption of ICT services, while improving its ability to deliver modern and stable computing infrastructure.

“NEC Australia is proud to support a cutting edge technology project for the Western Australian Government that allows each agency to control technology costs on an as-needs basis,” said Mike Barber, chief operating officer at NEC Australia.

WA Innovation Minister Bill Marmion said the appointment of NEC as one of three suppliers of ICT infrastructure to the Western Australian Government “marks the beginning of an exciting new digital era for the public sector”.

“The new arrangements will modernise technology across government and provide the technical platform for the state’s ICT Strategy Digital WA.  We look forward to working with NEC, and the two other suppliers, over the term of this contract.”

NEC says the partnership will see the WA Government realise up to 40% cost savings through reduced licensing fees and infrastructure costs and improved efficiency.

And, the company says the partnership will also help reduce costs in building management, insurance, and hardware maintenance and additional benefits to the government, including improved physical and data security, and more resilient infrastructure to support disaster recovery and business continuity objectives.

The multi-year contract covers data centre co-location services, private cloud services, public cloud integration, network and communication services, identity management and ICT operations.

WA agencies across education, health, public safety, finance, transport, roads,community services, and others, will benefit from the transition to a government-wide service model that allows each agency to select the most appropriate solution for their environment.

NEC says in a statement announcing the contract that, from the outset, the programme will allow agencies to limit technology costs to what they use, while avoiding vendor lock-in and ensuring ongoing competitiveness during future procurement.

Overall, the programme aims to simplify technology, improve inter-agency network connectivity and interaction, and provide the community with transparent and efficient digital government, NEC says.

The contract will see NEC implement a cloud brokerage service that will enable government agencies to consume infrastructure (IaaS) and platforms (PaaS) under a utility model.  

NEC says the brokerage model means that agencies can access the best-pricing for ICT services, with standardised and easy-to-understand consumption payment models.

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Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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