New crown entity Industry New Zealand has called for and closed registrations of interest from IT companies wanting to set up and support its entire IT infrastructure.
A request for proposal will be sent out this week, and a key component of it will call for local content and local providers.
IT operations project manager Doug Graham says this is in line with Industry NZ’s vision – creating local jobs and encouraging local industry – as well as with state sector procurement policies. He says “only a few” organisations will be capable of delivering what is wanted.
“We are looking for a business partner,” he says. “This is a greenfields operation.”
Industry New Zealand is being set up under deputy prime minister Jim Anderton. Described by Anderton as a jobs machine, Industry New Zealand will spend over $100 million a year on business assistance and regional development. It is planned to have a staff of about 80 when the entity is fully up and running this year.
So far the fledgling Industry NZ has been using the Ministry of Economic Development’s infrastructure, which runs on an NT network, with some Unix, and is mostly managed in-house. But Industry NZ plans to have its own system completely in place by mid-May. The tender, for which a value was not disclosed, calls for both the establishment and support of an IT infrastructure including systems integration, the installation of application servers, file servers, desktop and printer hardware, delivery of warranty services, maintenance support, day-to-day operational support and training and project management services.
Industry New Zealand’s vision in the long run extends to an online information portal, Graham says.
An important part of the tender is remote access, as many of Industry New Zealand’s staff work in regional development, sometimes as far away as the Chatham Islands, he says.
"We want to be a one-stop shop," he says.