A new range of Cloud-based services will be available to NSW Government agencies through GovDC - the government's private Cloud.
The creation of GovDC, which is in effect a Cloud market place - is an effort to expedite the use Cloud-based ICT to improve services and deliver savings to NSW taxpayers.
But it is also a boon for the 65 vendors on the panel who will provide a range of ICT products and services via a secure gateway from the state’s purpose built datacentres in Silverwater and Unanderra.
The government has already signed Rackspace and Amazon Web Service to the program.
NSW finance and services minister, Dominic Perrottet, said Cloud computing meant that the agencies used technology products only as they needed 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’.
Perrottet said agencies could now select which products they wanted 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 a contingent workforce vendor Management System (VMS).
This is a new platform to help agencies streamline the process of managing their contingent workforce.
An enterprise resource planning System (ERP) – For the first time, agencies will be able to use ERP-as-a-Service from the ICT services catalogue.
There is an expense management system (EMS) – A new platform to better help agencies to manage their expenses, with solutions from nine different suppliers on offer.
While GovDC Cloud Connect allows agencies to access public Cloud services through a secure link to access providers like Amazon Web Services and Rackspace.
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,” he 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.”