The NSW Government is putting plans in place to tap into the use of Cloud services within its business.
This also involves the government's plans to consolidate 130 plus data centres into two new facilities, and conduct a Cloud pilot project.
Minister for Finance and Services, Greg Pearce, said the consolidation will aid some of the challenges it faces with Big Data in cloud computing environment.
“Managing government data is a key priority and we are rebuilding DataNSW to make it easier and simpler for people to access government data, whilst developing standards and policies to give data management a robust foundation," Pearce told the CeBIT audience.
Pearce said the state government was keen to take advantage of the ICT sector’s expertise, enabling it to improve service delivery for citizens and to make it easier to do business with government.
He also touched on a cloud pilot project it was currently looking into to see the implications of Cloud services in government and what guidelines to develop standard contractural arrangements.
“This work demonstrates our commitment to a service delivery for government and recognises the key role of ICT in driving the digital economy and creating opportunities for suppliers and entrepreneurs in the industry," he said. ”The next step for NSW is to build on these initiatives by making data more openly accessible.
“A new open data policy will provide a principled approach to releasing data and I encourage the community and industry to have their say on our approach."
Pearce outlined other key priorities including Service NSW, Open Government, Open data, Procurement Reform, Managing Information for Better Services, and ICT Skills and Innovation.