The e-procurement pilot contract between government and a consortium led by CAP Gemini Ernst & Young has finally been signed, a month after the winning bidder was announced.
But the contract for the substantive whole-of-government exercise, with the same party, has not yet been finalised, e-government unit head Brendan Boyle said last week.
E-procurement is one of the major planks of New Zealand’s e-government effort.
Sources have told Computerworld that there was ferocious price-cutting in the last round of the pilot contract, and government may have been persuaded to accept less functionality than it had originally bargained for.
Boyle declined to comment last week on the price put on the pilot development and discounts the second facet of the rumour. What the government is getting “will be sufficient to prove the functionality and the business case and enable us to proceed to full implementation”, he says.
The pilot is planned to last six months, starting this month. It will be conducted with five government agencies: Treasury, Winz, Inland Revenue, the Ministry of Fisheries and the NZ Fire Service.
If the pilot is successful the system is scheduled to be made available from October for use by government departments, Crown entities, including health and tertiary education entities and local authorities.
The price of at least the pilot contract is likely to be published this week — it has to be within 10 days of the signing, Boyle says — on the Industrial Supplies Office’s GETS (government electronic tender service) website.