[LINK] Energy measures for e-Tax tender

Bernard Robertson-Dunn brd at iimetro.com.au
Fri Nov 28 13:12:36 AEDT 2008


As far as I can tell this tender is for the development and maintenance 
of software. Hardware is out of scope and is probably the existing ATO 
environment. There is no indication that any extra hardware level 
infrastructure will be required.

Can you explain how a software developer can tell how much energy and 
CO2 emissions his code will require, given that (s)he has no knowledge 
of, or control over, the infrastructure environment on which it will run?

Tom Worthington wrote:
> The Australian Taxation Office has issued a Request for Tender for 
> "Maintenance and Development of the e-tax System" (id:08.079 
> 27-Nov-2008). There is a detailed 28 page Statement of Requirement. 
> However, there is  no requirement to measure or minimise the energy 
> and CO2 emissions from the system in the "Measures of success" for 
> the project. There should be a requirement for the total carbon 
> emissions to be predicted and reported and for options for reduction 
> to be included.
> "The Contractor will be required to:
>          * maintain the Client Application and Server Infrastructure Software
>          * design, build and fully test any changes required to the 
> Client Application and Server Infrastructure Software
>          * ensure that the Client Application functions correctly 
> according to functional specifications and User requirements prepared 
> by the Tax Office
>          * provide an architectural blueprint in respect of the 
> design of the e-tax System, as well as other technical documentation 
> required by the Tax Office
>          * develop and deliver to timeframes specified by the Tax 
> Office, e-tax System documentation outlined in section 13 of this Part Two;
>          * deliver the e-tax System prior to the go-live date of 1 
> July each year, allowing the Tax Office time to conduct necessary 
> testing to ensure a quality product
>          * support the e-tax System during production
>          * project manage the design, build, testing and delivery of 
> the e-tax System
>          * provide regular status reports during all phases of the project
>          * evaluate the e-tax System provided according to agreed Tax 
> Office criteria, including the measures of success outlined in 
> section 5 of this Part Two. ..."
>      From: Statement of Requirement, Part 2, Request for Tender for 
> Maintenance and Development of the e-tax System, ATO, id:08.079 27-Nov-2008
> More details in my Blog: 
> <http://www.tomw.net.au/blog/2008/11/no-energy-measures-e-tax-tender.html>.
> Tom Worthington FACS HLM tom.worthington at tomw.net.au Ph: 0419 496150
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Bernard Robertson-Dunn
Canberra Australia
brd at iimetro.com.au

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