Roadmap for govt IT purchasing near completion

ICT supply management head says Common Roadmap is a step closer

The Common ICT Roadmap is expected to be available for industry comment around the middle of the year, says Brent Chalmers, general manager Government ICT Supply Management Office.

It will formalise initiatives for government agencies to go to market over the next three to four years.

Chalmers says the roadmap, which is in its third iteration, will address different architectural layers and outcomes such as “have we staged and packaged things correctly”.

An example, he says, is the government software acquisition strategy, which will need to address such directions as the cloud and open source software. The policy came into effect in November 2010.

Some government departments have set up their own procurement panels, but these will have to align to the roadmap.

To date, two all-of-government contracts have been formulated: laptops and desktops; and multifunction devices. A reseller licensing agreement for enterprise modelling tools has been entered into with iOctane, and one.govt is a syndicated contract with Datacraft. The lead agency for these four is the Department of Internal Affairs.

The Ministry of Social Development is the lead agency for a project and portfolio management syndicated contract, for which Planview has been named the preferred software, provided by Activate NZ.

“The roadmap is not yet endorsed, so whether all of these will sit on the roadmap and any associated adoption policies has yet to be decided,” Chalmers says. “That said, mandates already exist for the all-of-government contracts which have emerged from the procurement reform work.”

Those on the panel for desktops and laptops are Acer, Cyclone Computers, Dell, Gen-i, Hewlett-Packard and The Laptop Company. The process is staggered, depending upon urgency of buying requirements and the expiry of existing contracts. Agencies can access the contracts by signing a Letter of Accession to a Memorandum of Understanding between the agency and the DIA.

A similar arrangement is in place for multi-function print devices. The panel for that comprises Canon, Fuji Xerox, Konica Minolta, Hewlett-Packard and Ricoh.

The Ministry of Science and Innovation has contracted with Revera for ICT services. The agreement is primarily aimed at agencies with up to 400 seats, and relatively standard ICT requirements.

Other syndicated contracts include the police contracting Terralink for the supply of mapping and location data and related services. As well, the State Services Commission is contracting with Tenzing (BearingPoint) for the provision of the full range of Google enterprise search appliances and related products and standard support services. This contract is now run by DIA.

There is also a syndicated contract, signed in 2005, with Gen-i and Vodafone for mobile handsets.

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