Queensland launches its ICT strategy into the cloud

The Campbell Newman government has expanded on its existing ICT Strategy to include a Cloud Computing Strategy which aims to relieve agencies of the burden of owning and operating of costly ICT assets.

NSW councils combine to muscle better value from VMware

By Julian Bajkowski Councils in New South Wales appear to have chalked-up a significant win in their battle to get better value from multinational technology providers after global cloud computing and virtualization provider VMware agreed to deal with 43 local governments as a group in contract renewal negotiations. The technology vendor said that it has […]

Finance launches investigation into ERP software costs

By Julian Bajkowski The Department of Finance has put some of the world’s biggest business software companies on notice that their lucrative contracts will soon be the subject to a sweeping review as the federal government seeks to extract better value from so-called enterprise resource management (ERP) systems. Just a week after the election of […]

NSW agencies covered by new cloud policy

By Julian Bajkowski The New South Wales government has added to a downpour of public sector cloud computing policy announcements in the past week, revealing the state’s departments and agencies will now be compelled to put the popular technology into the mix for assessment when making technology purchases. Announced by Minister for Finance and Services […]

Coalition promises “virtually all” government services to be online by 2017

By Julian Bajkowski The Coalition has officially launched its eGovernment  and Digital Economy policy for the election in a wide-ranging document that reaffirms a commitment centralised procurement of government computing combined with the development of a permanent and centralised digital identity credential for online transactions between the public and agencies. Released by Shadow Communications Minister […]

Canberra backs industry-led Cloud Code

By Julian Bajkowski The Rudd government’s new Minister Assisting for the Digital Economy, Senator Kate Lundy has publicly backed the creation of a new Cloud Consumer Protocol by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) for retail purchasers less than a week after formal guidance for government buyers was released by the Attorney General’s Department. Senator Lundy […]

Attorney General firmly spells out government cloud security policy

By Julian Bajkowski Federal Attorney-General, Mark Dreyfus QC has drawn a firm line in the sand over how government buyers can adopt cloud computing solutions by stipulating a comprehensive set of security and risk assessments agencies must now adhere to before buying externally hosted computing and data storage capacity. The Attorney General late Friday released […]

Conroy launches National Cloud Strategy

By Julian Bajkowski Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy has used his annual speech to the CeBIT conference to launch the federal government’s National Cloud Computing Strategy ahead of a looming election campaign where broadband enabled technologies are set to be a key battleground. The wide-ranging tome sets out a raft of policy actions that Senator […]

Amazon hopes for cloudy outlook from Canberra

By Julian Bajkowski Global cloud computing heavyweight Amazon Web Services (AWS) is mounting a concerted push into the federal government sector as agencies rapidly look for new ways to cut technology running costs while gaining the same sort of productivity and efficiency gains now being realised in the private sector. The company has revealed the […]

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