The Ministry of Education is outsourcing for the first time its identity and access management services as part of a five-year cloud-based contract with Gen-i in partnership with Infosys and Australian company Hyro.
The cloud service will provide secure access to potentially 32,000 users of applications and services at the ministry, the Tertiary Education Commission and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.
The new service will be hosted in Gen-i’s datacentres, using its ReadyCloud service.
Infosys will manage the deployment and provide on-going management. Hyro, a Melbourne-based digital agency, will provide its Idaptive identify management software, which is used by the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
Education CIO Leanne Gibson says the delivery of the new identity and access management service via the cloud is a significant new direction for service delivery by the ministry.
“We were impressed with the use of this service [in Victoria] and saw the potential for deploying this solution for New Zealand education providers,” she says.
Infosys head of New Zealand operations Patrick Kouwenhoven says the project will create a platform that other government agencies can use to undertake secure cloud services.
The contract was awarded after a competitive tender. The first application is to be delivered by July, and the full service is to be deployed by November 30.
A spokesperson for the Ministry says the total contract value with Gen-i is $13.5 million over seven years.