Data#3 (ASX:DTL) has won a deal to deliver a new whole-of-government collaboration service replacing the Department of Finance’s existing Govdex file sharing and collaboration platform.
The Federal Government’s pre-existing collaboration platform was established in 2006, with the Government previously flagging shortfalls in the platform’s performance.
As of 2016, the Govdex platform claimed around 18,000 users.
The new deal with Data#3, worth just over $656,000 over six months, sees the publicly-listed integrator replace the existing system with a software-as-a-service solution delivered via public cloud using Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure.
The Department of Finance's CIO and CISO, John Sheridan, said that the Department will use an agile approach to deliver the service, working closely with Data#3 and several government agencies.
“The aim is to design, develop and evolve a service offering that is driven by, and responsive to, user needs,” Sheridan said in a blog post.
“The new Govdex will provide Government employees and their industry partners with a modern collaboration environment through which they can connect, interact, and coordinate work efforts, seamlessly, across organisational and geographical boundaries. This will help drive public sector productivity and innovation,” he said.
The core capabilities of the replacement service to be deployed by Data#3 will include real-time collaboration, with users able to connect, share and work together using document sharing, real-time document co-authoring, and instant messaging.
Other capabilities include online profiles, enabling users to easily discover each other and work together by searching persistent profiles detailing the skills, experience and interests of each member.
At the same time, users who administer a community within the network will have the option of an open, semi-private, or private community. The level of access will determine the visibility of the community to other members who might want to be involved, according to Sheridan.
The Department of Finance issued a draft Statement of Requirements for a whole-of-government enterprise file sharing and collaboration solution to replace its existing Govdex system in late 2016.
“This pre-existing platform was established in 2006, and while the service continues to offer value for a large number of active users, shortfalls in performance, feature set and usability mean that the solution no longer meets user expectations,” the Department said in tender documents.
“Finance conducted a feasibility study in October 2015 to determine the viability of enhancing or possibly replacing govdex with a more robust and modern platform,” it said.
“We are delighted to work with the Department of Finance on this innovative initiative," Data#3 CEO and managing director, Laurence Baynham, said."It is a great example of how leveraging people and technology can help to drive digital transformation in the public sector.
"We look forward to assisting the Department in achieving their business goals," he said.