Plenty of parties interested in hosting new e-government portal

A call for registrations of interest (ROI) in hosting the new NZGO online government portal, which will be launched next year, has drawn a positive response, says State Services Commission e-government unit director Brendan Boyle.

A call for registrations of interest (ROI) in hosting the new NZGO online government portal, which will be launched next year, has drawn a positive response, says State Services Commission e-government unit director Brendan Boyle.

“There has been good interest,” he says. Among those expressing interest is the present host, TelstraSaturn. A spokesperson says the company “is interested and is involved in the ROI process.”

The ROI closed on Monday and the next step is to draw up a short list of three candidates, Boyle says. Those that make the short list will receive a request for proposal (RFP) from the government.

The new portal will have many features the present one doesn’t, according to government tender documents detailing the ROI. “We envisage that the new NZGO portal will encompass all the functions of the existing portal, plus metadata search facilities and a directory of government services.”

The document notes that the architecture of the new portal is yet to be finalised, but will “comprise common (open source or major vendor) application servers, database servers and web servers in a reliable, secure and scaleable operational environment capable of ensuring around-the-clock portal services with consistent performance.”

The successful candidate may be required to host the existing portal until the new one is up and running. The target date for the launch of the new portal is June 30.

Boyle says the fee to be paid to the successful applicant is yet to be determined.

The NZGO portal was established in 1997 by the Department of Internal Affairs and responsibility for it was transferred to the State Services Commission last year.

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