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New Zealand’s All-of-Government Cloud Agreement

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In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, the integration of cloud computing within government operations is not only crucial but also transformative. With the beginning of the pandemic, cloud services have played a pivotal role in ensuring the continuity of vital services and the uninterrupted progression of daily life.

Adopting cloud computing in the public sector enables government entities to leverage cutting-edge technologies and infrastructure without heavy upfront investments. It provides a flexible and scalable environment that can accommodate the growing demands of digital services, data storage, and application hosting. This flexibility allows government agencies to respond quickly to changing needs and efficiently allocate resources where they are most needed.

Additionally, implementing cloud computing within the government promotes cooperation and compatibility between various agencies and departments. By utilising shared cloud infrastructure and services, government entities can eliminate barriers, streamline operations, and enable efficient data sharing within entities in the government.

In light of this, in early July 2023, the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) of New Zealand announced a development in its efforts to enhance government IT services. The DIA has entered into an all-of-government agreement with one of the multinational technology companies in New Zealand to provide public cloud services.

This agreement represents a comprehensive and wide-reaching contract that offers eligible government agencies access to public cloud infrastructure and associated professional services under standardised terms and conditions.

The partnership between the DIA and multinational technology companies signifies a strategic move towards modernising and streamlining the delivery of government services through the adoption of cloud technology. By leveraging the company’s expertise in cloud computing, eligible agencies can leverage the scalability, flexibility, and cost-efficiency of public cloud services for their digital initiatives.

This pan-government agreement is a significant step in promoting consistency and efficiency across government agencies, as it establishes a unified framework for accessing and utilising public cloud resources. By standardising the terms and conditions, the agreement ensures a transparent and fair process for agencies to procure and manage their cloud services, reducing complexities and redundancies.

According to Justin Gray, the managing director of the multinational technology company, the constantly evolving technology landscape presents many possibilities and obstacles for the government.

The Department of Internal Affairs states that the agreement with the multinational technology company brings several advantages. One of the key benefits is that company’s public cloud services are provided from data centres within New Zealand, ensuring compliance with local laws and regulations.

Additionally, the agreement capitalises on the collective strength of government agencies as a unified customer, enabling them to access negotiated consumption-based discounts for public cloud services. Moreover, the agreement streamlines the contractual procedures for agencies, simplifying the overall process.

The company’s approach involved collaborating with customers and partners to develop and expand its cloud framework agreement catalogue, ensuring that it offered government agencies services and solutions tailored to their specific digital transformation requirements.

Leveraging its existing public cloud platform powered by one of the software companies, the multinational technology company worked closely with various vendors and partners to enhance and optimise its platforms, enabling the seamless delivery of innovative solutions for New Zealand.

PARTNER

Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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As a Titanium Black Partner of Dell Technologies, CTC Global Singapore boasts unparalleled access to resources.

Established in 1972, we bring 52 years of experience to the table, solidifying our position as a leading IT solutions provider in Singapore. With over 300 qualified IT professionals, we are dedicated to delivering integrated solutions that empower your organization in key areas such as Automation & AI, Cyber Security, App Modernization & Data Analytics, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Renowned for our consulting expertise and delivering expert IT solutions, CTC Global Singapore has become the preferred IT outsourcing partner for businesses across Singapore.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and consulting services provider, helping clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,800 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently, and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity, and service. For more information, visit www.ibm.com