NSW government set to refresh tech advisory and buying panels

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski The New South Wales government is on the hunt for a new technology industry and procurement experts for the two key advisory panels it uses to help set overall strategy for public sector agencies. Minister of Finance and Services, Andrew Constance, issued the formal invitation this week as the […]

IBM banished from new QLD government work

By Julian Bajkowski The Queensland government has moved swiftly to punish multinational technology and services vendor IBM over the $1.2 billion software disaster that crippled the state’s health department payroll for months by immediately banning the company from securing any more deals. The move to ban IBM from further public sector work in Queensland represents […]

NSW Budget holds tight reigns on IT spending

By Kevin Noonan   The announced public sector staffing cuts will also hurt IT, both in terms of reduced IT staff numbers and in reduced IT demand.   With the government exempting teachers, nurses, police, and funding for new initiatives, the axe must fall disproportionately on back room staff and administrative work that tends to […]

Victoria’s budget calls for creative IT projects

By Lilia Guan   The Victorian Government’s recent release of its budget gives IT projects a little bit of breathing space, however with a billion dollars worth of cuts on the books with a lot of activity underway in cutting existing expenditure including IT projects.   The government’s recent release of its budget includes $258 […]

Managing risk in IT contracts

By Lilia Guan   The recent bankruptcy filing of Kodak Eastman showed that even well established companies are susceptible to financial problems. This means that government agencies must factor in risk management with all of their IT contracts – no matter how long the vendor has been around for.   Ovum Australia public sector IT […]

Reduced IT services panel is not a bad thing

By Lilia Guan   Special Minister of State Gary Gray has announced a policy that will halve the number of IT services panels currently operating across the Australian Government.   The minister said the government’s policy to halve the number of IT services panels currently operating across agencies, will be implemented over a three year […]

Opinion on federal public servants and the mini-budget

By Kevin Noonan, Research Director at Ovum Federal public servants will be among the biggest losers from the federal mini-budget announced by Treasurer Wayne Swan. Accompanying his announcement of the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook this morning, the treasurer outlined a number of spending cuts which he believes will keep the budget heading toward a […]

Green IT becomes valuable to the bottom line

By Lilia Guan   About three-quarters of chief information officers have deployed green IT within their organisation, with an additional eight per cent planning to do so by the end of 2012, said Ovum in its latest report.   The report, ‘Green IT Deployments Across Key Global Markets’ showed the major driver for green IT […]


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