New Zealand leverages the ‘power of one’ for procurement12/10/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The NZ Government is targeting savings of NZ $100 million over five years from its ICT rationalisation and a more astute use of its purchasing muscle.
This agenda is marked by leveraging the ‘power of one,’ as agencies band to negotiate better deals with solutions providers, according to Dave Jackman, the lead for all-of-government ICT, Department of Internal Affairs.
Jackman told delegates at the Annual FST Government Australia conference, held in Canberra 22nd September, that New Zealand’s ICT blueprint offers a single coherent system to support the public service.
Department of Defence spends $5 billion on ICT modernisation04/10/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
In a show of support for ICT modernisation, the Australian Department of Defence has added $5 billion to its coffers, while enabling this mega organisation to deliver change at all levels of business.
According to Mathew Smorhun, assistant secretary, ICT Strategy Realisation, defence’s ICT modernisation spending agenda runs over the next 10 years. The spending across platforms will top $20 billion, when fully up and running.
US reveals action plan for digital government04/10/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Digital government is about responding to fast-changing consumer trends, and adapting to the fickle world of fashion, according to the Washington-based US GCIO, Tony Scott.
Scott, the high-profile CIO for the Office of Management Budget, was a keynote speaker at the Annual FST Government Australia Conference held 22nd September in Canberra.
As the key technology and digital government advisor to President Barack Obama, Scott said that digitisation fundamentally changes everything, especially around frontline customer-facing services.
Commonwealth builds innovation capability27/09/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Commonwealth’s peak body, Innovation Australian, has added two new experts to its board, drawing on know-how from the US and Israel. These members are Elizabeth Comstock from the US, and Saul Singer who represents Israel. Both are appointed to the board for a three-year term.
Comstock brings a global strategic focus to developing innovation within business. She is currently the Vice Chair of General Electric, and is helping drive GE’s transformation into a becoming a digitally-enabled organisation.
CSIRO spends $52 million to fast-track scientific breakthroughs27/09/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
In a show of support for innovation, CSIRO has finalised a $52 million funding program that underpins innovation in health and biology, resources, agriculture and manufacturing.
This investment will ensure that research meets the needs of industry, community and the environment in a rapidly-changing world, according to CSIROs’ chief executive, Dr Larry Marshall.
An Interview with Mark Cushing, Executive Director, Office of Small Business, Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games27/09/2016 Marcel van Egdom Government
FST Government: What are your technology and innovation priorities for the year ahead?
FST Government Australia forum spotlights mobile services19/09/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The CIOs of lead Commonwealth agencies are sharing insights into the challenges of mobile service delivery at the Annual FST Government Australia conference being held Thursday 22nd September in Canberra
These CIOs and ICT heads represent the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), the Department of Immigration & Border Protection, Australian Bureau of Statistics, and the Department of Communications.
New Zealand fast-tracks telecommunications-as-a-service for agencies19/09/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Under moves to manage ICT costs, Statistics New Zealand and the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) have banded to fast-track shared services for government clients, and manage the cost of running ICT infrastructure.
The agencies’ high-profile TaaS project, launched earlier this year, comes under scrutiny at the Annual FST Government Australia conference being held Thursday 22nd September in Canberra.
During a keynote, Statistics NZ’s CIO, Chris Buxton, and DIA’s Dave Jackman, will share insights into the outlook, demand and cost-savings from TaaS.
South Australia trials smart phone payments for transport14/09/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The South Australian Department of Transport is seeking an operator to trial tap-and-go payments. This initiative supports plans to roll out services across train, tram and bus services in 2017.
This initiative, when fully operational, will enable passengers to tap their mobile phones as they board transport services. Presently, travellers purchase paper tickets or use their plastic Metrocard passes.
Australian Productivity Commission finalises big data inquiry14/09/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Australian Productivity Commission is finalising a major inquiry into improving the availability and use of big data for public sector agencies.
Findings from this inquiry, due for release this November, examine ways to enhance individuals’ and businesses’ confidence and trust in the way data is collected, stored and used. This focus is on privacy and data security.
The commission is collating public and private sector submissions, and seeks to clarify the use of big data to tailor services, and engage more readily with constituents.
Victoria takes lead on cyber-security reforms06/09/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Victorian government is racing to become a cyber-security hub under an incubator funding package that galvanises domestic and global partners.
The Victorian government has finalised the first round of funding under its incubator LaunchVic program. This incorporates an AU$450,000 grant recently awarded to the global IT firm, Dimension Data.
Dimension Data is launching a cyber-security incubator with Deakin University. Funding comes from LaunchVic that was set up in November last year.
Commonwealth builds pool of big data experts06/09/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Commonwealth’s Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, Angus Taylor, has unveiled a new framework to addresses the gap for big data skills across government.
Minister Taylor, a keynote speaker at the Annual FST Government Australia conference, to be held 22nd September in Canberra, is weighing in behind big data analytics. The latest framework seeks to ramp up its data skills talent pool.
US CIO reveals ICT plan at FST Government Australia conference30/08/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Tony Scott, the high-profile ICT Szár for President Barack Obama, is sharing the outlook for ICT reforms as an exclusive keynote speaker at the FST Government Australia conference being held 22nd September in Canberra.
During a morning address, he shares insights into the US federal government’s ICT spending program that is capped at US $79.49 billion. This presentation tracks the US government’s budget outlook, technologies-of-choice, as well as cyber-security reforms.
Federal government launches digital marketplace30/08/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Angus Taylor, the federal assistant minister for cities and digital transformation has launched a ‘Digital Marketplace platform,’ enabling businesses to work with government on technology projects.
Taylor, also a keynote speaker at the FST Government Australia conference being held 22nd September in Canberra, says this marketplace offers a richer and simpler environment for technology procurement.
New Zealand manages ICT costs through shared services24/08/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Agencies across New Zealand are leveraging the shared services model to deliver cost-saving across agencies, according to Statistics NZ’s chief digital officer, Chris Buxton.
Buxton, a keynote speaker at the FST Government New Zealand conference in Wellington, said Statistics NZ has helped pioneer one as-a-service initiative in Christchurch. This is in partnership with the Department of Internal Affairs, and followed on from earthquake rebuild effort.