Gen-i inks Cloud services contract with NZ Ministry of Education

Gen-i inks Cloud services contract with NZ Ministry of Education

Secure Cloud services for schools to be delivered in partnership with Infosys and Hyro

ICT vendor, Gen-i, has extended its relationship with NZ Ministry of Education by signing a new five-year Cloud service contract.

As part of the agreement, Gen-i will build and deploy the NZ Ministry of Education’s Cloud-based Identity and Access Management service in partnership with business technology consultant, Infosys A/NZ, and Australian digital agency, Hyro (ASX: HYO).

Infosys will be managing the deployment and ongoing management within the Gen-i ReadyCloud infrastructure, while Hyro will provide its IdaptiveTM identity management software.

The Cloud service aims to cover identity services to potentially 32,000 users of applications at the Ministry of Education, the Tertiary Education Commission and NZ Qualifications Authority. This is the first time the Ministry has outsourced its identity and access management services.

Gen-i general manager for professional services, Murray Young, said the proposal was scalable to address the future needs of the education system as it changes.

“We’re looking forward to delivering a SaaS solution, hosted locally in Gen-i’s datacentres using our ReadyCloud service, to ensure critical information is stored locally within NZ,” he said.

New Zealand Ministry of Education, chief information officer, Leanne Gibson, said the delivery of the new Identity and Access Management service as a Cloud-based service marks a significant new direction for service delivery by the Ministry.

“We were impressed with the use of this service by the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and immediately saw the potential for deploying this solution for NZ education providers,” she said.

The contract was awarded via competitive tender, with the first application to be delivered by July and the full Identity Access and Management service to be deployed by November 30.

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