Government agencies in New Zealand now have access to a common web platform (CWP) to share and reuse website features.
The shared web platform has been developed for government agencies by Wellington-based ICT firm, SilverStripe, and is hosted by Revera through infrastructure as a service, another government service.
“The common web platform is part of the ICT Strategy and Action Plan to 2017, announced in June, calling for shared investments, pooled resources and reduced duplication across different departments,” said Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain.
“The web platform is the underlying system that allows an agency to create and deliver high quality websites. The CWP is quite literally a ‘platform’ to deliver better, cheaper and faster services to the New Zealand public.
“In terms of procurement there are potential savings of $50,000 per web project. On its own it’s not a big amount but when spread over the whole of government we’re looking at estimated savings of over $1 million dollars a year.
“This all-of-government web services contract is part of the drive for Better Public Services. The deal maximises web technologies and makes it easier for New Zealanders to interact with government online,” he added.