NSW well positioned for tech opportunities

By Paul Hemsley

New South Wales Minister for Finance and Services Greg Pearce gave a talk at CeBIT 2012 in Sydney outlining the NSW Government’s ICT Strategy 2012 for the event delegates, describing NSW as the ‘network state’.

“NSW Government is committed to delivering better services to the citizens of NSW and we see ICT as being a critical tool to achieve this.
“That’s what the government’s approach to ICT is all about, putting citizens first, leveraging business best practice, increasing productivity, all enabled by better value in our investment in ICT,” Mr Pearce said.
According to Mr Pearce, engaging with industry to collaborate on business solutions is “critical” to the strategy’s effectiveness.
“Businesses of all sizes are an important part of this in the work we have to hit; our government governance structure itself has industry directly involved,” Mr Pearce said.
He said the CeBIT program demonstrates that the NSW Government’s strategic direction for ICT is on track and is addressing the current top issues.
The seven initiatives identified as priorities in the ICT strategy align closely with the key conference themes on cloud, mobile enterprise, social media, innovation, e-Government and online business, Mr Pearce said.
“We’re committed to open government, we’ve outlined direction for new improved engagement in the process of government engagement with industry through social media and other technologies,” he said.
According to Mr Pearce the government is also committed to open data as making more government data available will allow industry and the community to deliver innovative approaches to service delivery and new tools to “interacting with government anywhere in time”.
In relation to infrastructure an managed services, government will be agile in its approach through consolidation and virtualisation and sourcing-as-a-service technologies, Mr Pearce said.
He said pilot will begin for a private cloud by the end of this year, as well as the initiation of procurement reform.
“This initiative will facilitate more effective early engagement with industry and secure better value from the NSW Government’s $2 billion annual ICT expenditure,” Mr Pearce said.
He said the government is concentrating on ICT skills and innovation where it will be ensured that there are skills to capitalise on industry best practice training and accreditation.

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