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Wednesday, 01 June 2011 17:33

Federal Government voom-vooms virtual Featured


The Federal Government is moving ahead with virtualisation faster than the private sector according to Ann Steward, the Government CIO, as it seeks an ICT trifecta of increased productivity, efficiency and sustainability.

Speaking at Cebit's e-Government forum Ms Steward who is also deputy secretary of the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) said that in 2008/9 the Government had achieved virtualisation rates of 1.45 operating instances per physical server. That had now reached 2.03 which was she claimed better than the industry average of 1.5 according to Gartner's figures.

In a presentation that was otherwise sadly scant on detail Ms Steward said that Government was also; 'Becoming more sustainable with fewer devices per user and more users per printer.' The Government is also using telepresence facilities to cut the amount of Government ravel required each year.

Ms Steward said that over the last three years; 'IT spending by Government has been stable.' ICT was however becoming more efficient through adoption of technologies such as virtualisation, she claimed.

In terms of other initiatives Ms Steward said she had put forward a proposal for an overhaul of parliamentary workflow systems. At present more than 600,000 pieces of work are managed by the 13 different systems managing parliament workflow, and that is increasing by 5-10 per cent a year.

Ms Steward plans to reduce that to a single system according to John Sheridan, first assistant secretary of the Department of Finance and Deregulation, in one of many tweets during Ms Steward's presentation. She acknowledged that; 'A number of the systems are outdated' and that her proposal tackled both a technology refresh and a process overhaul.

Mr Sheridan also revealed that Version 2 of the Government's open source guide would be released shortly.


What about the Reinecke report? read on

However a date for the release of the recast version of the AGIMO development roadmap was not forthcoming.

Ms Steward said the redrafted roadmap was being updated to take account of both the NBN and the release yesterday of the Digital Economy Strategy. Ms Steward said that document was in draft and with agencies.

Both Ms Steward and the special minister for state Gary Gray (who gave a somewhat lacklustre speech admitting it had been written for him by his department) failed to address the Government's response to the Reinecke report regarding the public service's progress in terms of meeting the recommendations of the Gershon report.

However in a tweet, Mr Sheridan said; 'The Government is continuing to consider Reinecke's report.'

Ms Steward said that to date; 'A lot of transformation has been banked but there is a still a lot to do. The Digital Economy Strategy points to a number of areas where Government will be leaders.'


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