IP commercialisation group canvasses govt

A group keen to see software built for government departments more widely commercialised has spoken to two key agencies and is incorporating their feedback into a report.

A group keen to see software built for government departments more widely commercialised has spoken to two key agencies and is incorporating their feedback into a report.

An ICTX working party submitted a provisional paper earlier this month to the State Services Commission and the Ministry of Economic Development. Their “very good input” is now being worked into the paper, says working party member Warwick Jones.

The amended paper will be put out for public comment “in about a month, or possibly less”, Jones said last week. It will then be formulated as a final report from the IT and communications (ICT) industries to government. It is crucial, says Jones, that the recommendations be representative of the industry at large.

ICTX is often misunderstood as a body, but it is “more of a conversation” involving the whole of industry, he says.

The working party has already consulted widely and has established specific areas for action. These are:

  • transparency, ensuring buyers and vendors understand the procurement process and their expectations are the same, and that tendering processes are seen as fair

  • understanding and handling of intellectual property (IP) matters

  • identifying practical methods of commercialising that IP

  • collaborative relationships between vendors and buyers

  • standard contracts and documentation

  • a joint advisory board

  • guidelines to growing “effective and efficient” ICT procurement

  • analysis and allocation of risk

  • cost auditing, aimed at a better understanding of the real costs of the procurement process

  • evolution of a single industry representative body.
Facilitating the commercialisation of government systems should prove an important stimulus to the ICT industry as a whole, says Jones, since government work constitutes a large proportion of the ICT development done in New Zealand. Not to commercialise such valuable property would be “like buying a Ferrari and leaving it in the garage”.

Those who want the chance to comment on the report when it is published should email any of the working party or info@warwickjones.co.nz.

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