Queensland integrators are worried they will be shut out of state government contracts following news that Citec will focus solely on the public sector.
Their concerns coincide with the release of a new government report recommending the state-owned IT services company become its primary ICT procurement and strategy provider.
The Review of ICT Governance in Queensland, which was tabled in parliament earlier this month, called for whole-of-government assurance reviews across technology purchasing. The report estimated agencies could save as much as $173 million annually through the new strategy.
A key recommendation was for the Queensland Government to establish a Chief Information Office (QGCIO). The government has recently expanded Department of Public Works minister Rob Schwarten's role to include ICT. The portfolio was previously unallocated.
The review also suggested Citec's expertise in service delivery be refocused onto consolidation of the state's data centres, networks and infrastructure. Long term, the report predicted Citec would become Queensland's internal source of technological expertise by creating and supporting a Government Chief Technology Office. "It will also establish an Innovation Centre to enable suppliers, in partnership with Queensland Government agencies, to demonstrate products and services," the report stated.