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DPS tender opened to automate parliament

Agency seeking a sole provider to automate the testing of its IT processes

The Federal Government agency responsible for facilitating communication between politicians, constituents and the general community at the nation’s parliament is seeking a service provider for automated test tools.

The Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) opened the request for tender because it is looking to automate its existing manual testing of all technology projects and IT operations.

Among other systems the DPS uses HP OpenView Service Desk v4.5, PeopleSoft v8.9, SAP v5.0, and CHRIS21.

Service providers must be able to provide the following functionality: Load and performance testing; automated functional and regression testing; and automated test management.

The tender closes on July 21 with the winning bid announced in early September. The contract will run for five years.

The tender is one of many to open in recent weeks. The Australian Crime Commission (ACC), for example, announced it was seeking a qualified panel of providers to help with SAP support and ongoing maintenance.

Before that the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) opened a $450,000 tender seeking offers for an Information Technology Desktop Asset Management (ITDAM) solution.

The ABS tender came on the back of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) opening a tender to seek a service provider for a $200,000 Cisco telephony contract to boost its unified communications strategy.

And the Australian Tax Office (ATO) also recently opened a tender to seek mainframe technical specialists to provide support to its mainframe developer base and a tender seeking system testers to prod and poke its ICT infrastructure in its multi-agency initiative aimed at simplifying business-to-government reporting, the Standard Business Reporting (SBR) program.

Finally, in late May, the Federal Government also announced it would create a panel of datacentre providers to supply space and services to agencies during the development of the whole-of-government datacentre strategy instigated as part of the Gershon review.