Support for public sector projects

Public sector agencies planning a new IT project may be able to get consulting support from a Microsoft programme.

Public sector agencies planning a new IT project may be able to get consulting support from a Microsoft programme.

Microsoft’s New Zealand Innovation Centre last week invited applications for its third round of funding this year. Nine proposals were supported in the first two rounds.

Centre manager Shane Bartle says the successful applicants will get consulting assistance from Microsoft Consulting Services and Microsoft partners.

“What we do is we put together a team of Microsoft consulting services and we also select a partner that we work with,” he says. “The projects themselves tend to be funded about $70-80,000 in services, and of course there’s a lot of administrative stuff around that.”

HP has also provided hardware to some applicants, Bartle says.

Applications close on October 17, and Microsoft hopes to select from the proposals by the end of the year. Bartle says a new round of applications is planned every six months, “although that’s not set in stone”.

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