Government ministers to get new network

A new computer network for government ministers, including the prime minister, is in the pipeline with plans to replace equipment, software and support services currently provided by Unisys.

A new computer network for government ministers, including the prime minister, is in the pipeline with plans to replace equipment, software and support services currently provided by Unisys.

The services of Executive Government Support (EGS), a business unit within Internal Affairs, include MINIT, comprising all IT facilities in ministerial offices. The current tender will also cover other support services, provided wherever ministers happen to be “from Auckland to Dunedin”, says DIA spokeswoman Elly-Ann Pritchard.

Unisys has held the contract for several years. It expires on June 30, and “in accordance with good business practice and good governance”, Pritchard says, the project is being retendered to pick up on any competitive offerings and pertinent new technological developments.

The tender document will not be issued until this week but is quite non-specific, says Pritchard.

“We’ll just show [prospective bidders] our environment and the way we work, and the layout of the current network, and let them decide how they see themselves meeting our needs. We’re not going to say ‘we want 150 PCs and 14 servers’ or anything as definite as that.”

For that reason, she is unable to give even an approximate figure as to the cost of the upgrade.

The new contract will run for three to five years.

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