New Cloud Services Floated For NSW Government
NSW Minister for Finance and Services Dominic Perrottet has today announced a range of new cloud-based services will be available to government agencies, to improve services and deliver savings to the taxpayers of NSW.
“Cloud computing means that we use technology products only as we need them, rather than owning and maintaining them,” he said. “More cloud services means reduced risk, reduced cost and reduced red tape for agencies and suppliers.”
“This gets us out of the technology business and lets us focus on the business of government.”
Agencies will now be able to access a series of products from private providers through the Government’s private cloud called ‘GovDC’.
Mr Perrottet said agencies can now select which products they want to use, much like online shopping.
“Conceptually, agencies can pick a product from the ICT Catalogue and add it to their ‘shopping cart’,” he said. “This approach to ICT means agencies can implement systems quicker and cheaper than before.”
The new cloud services include:
- Contingent Workforce Vendor Management System (VMS) – a new platform to help agencies streamline the process of managing their contingent workforce;
- Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP) – For the first time, agencies will be able to use ERP-as-a-Service from the ICT services catalogue;
- Expense Management System (EMS) – A new platform to better help agencies to manage their expenses, with solutions from nine different suppliers on offer; and
- GovDC Cloud Connect – Agencies can access public cloud services through a secure link to access providers like Amazon Web Services and Rackspace.
Mr Perrottet said the re-use of different solutions by Government agencies was one of the big benefits of cloud computing.
“The VMS successfully went live at the Department of Family and Communities in November last year and now NSW Health and the Department of Education and Communities are preparing for their implementation during the first quarter of 2015,” Mr Perrottet said.
“Helping agencies make the move to cloud services is another way that we are making sure the Baird Government can provide high quality services in the most efficient ways to the citizens of NSW.”