Software-as-a-Service company Acquia has won a contract to provide an open Cloud platform for the Australian Government Web Content management system - govCMS.
The Department of Finance has selected Acquia to provide an open Cloud platform for the development and continuous delivery of its Drupal-based govCMS service.
Australia.gov.au and finance.gov.au are among the most prominent federal sites that are already on Drupal and planned for migration to govCMS.
Australian government chief technical officer, John Sheridan, he had designed govCMS to save costs while empowering agencies to act independently.
"We’re supporting innovation by relying on Drupal, a technology proven in governments around the world,” he said.
“Open source technologies like Drupal, when paired with an open cloud platform like Acquia Cloud, are creating efficiencies in government and disrupting the way we deliver digital citizen experiences -- for the better.”
According to a statement, GovCMs reflects the Government’s eGovernment and the Digital Economy Policy pre-election commitments regarding, using shared or Cloud services.
Flight Centre, IAG Insurance, and the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet are among the more than 4,000 organisations that are changing the delivery of government services with Acquia’s open platform.
Agencies using govCMS will benefit from a standardised procurement model and achieve compliance for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
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govCMS will help agencies decrease costs and increase their agility as they better engage citizens with government services.
It will incorporate Acquia Cloud Site Factory, a SaaS application for Drupal that simplifies the operation, management, and governance of hundreds of sites.
It will be delivered on Acquia Cloud, which provides a secure development and delivery environment that speeds time to market and ensures application quality, a critical component for site scalability and resiliency.
This will allow government agencies to tap into the innovation of the global Drupal community, connecting new applications and technologies to their sites as they emerge.
It also incorporates the aGov Drupal distribution, which was developed specifically for Australian government organisations.
A recent survey from Accenture Digital reports that 70 percent of citizens want to access government services online.
In addition to the Department of Finance, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Environment, and the Department of Employment, more than 100 federal and state government agencies rely on Drupal today to deliver citizen services and information.
Acquia director APJ, Chris Harrop, said Drupal was rapidly becoming the gold standard among governments around the world.
"We're proud to see the Australian Government taking a progressive approach to delivering citizen-centric digital experiences,” he said.
“Acquia helps organisations as vast as the Australian government deliver services at a far lower cost and achieve a faster time to market with our resilient cloud platform and world-class professional support.”