Education Ministry mulls software as a service

Ministry of Education has issued a request for information for a SaaS-based project

The Ministry of Education is building a business case for a software-as-a-service approach to project management tools.

It has issued a request for information (RFI) “to seek general and overview information (utility and budget / cost information) on software as a service-based project and portfolio management (PPM) software with the following functionality modules: project, programme and portfolio management, project, programme and portfolio reporting [and] portfolio product management.”

In the language of the discipline, a programme typically incorporates several projects and a portfolio may include several programmes and projects. This hierarchical structure is reflected in sample display and report formats appended to the RFI.

However, the ministry is still in the process of building the business case, says spokeswoman Emma Peel. She was therefore unable to answer Computerworld's questions about the reason for the SaaS orientation and what any new PPM service is intended to replace.

Since the business case is not yet finalised, Peel says, the Ministry is not saying at this stage that it definitely will adopt a new SaaS PPM suite.

“In order to protect the RFI process and to ensure we do not pre-empt the outcome of the business case, the Ministry does not have any further information at this stage other than that which is contained in the RFI,” she says.

Project management tools should be based on the Prince2 methodology and programme management on MSP (Managing Successful Programmes), a guide developed by the UK government’s Office of Government Commerce, the RFI says.

Closing date for replies to the RFI is Wednesday August 15.

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