[LINK] Draft NSW ICT strategic framework

Marghanita da Cruz marghanita at ramin.com.au
Fri Nov 25 09:33:12 AEDT 2011

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stephen at melbpc.org.au wrote:
> NSW unveils draft ICT strategic framework 
> by: Fran Foo, November 24, 2011 3:21PM 
> <http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/government/nsw-unveils-
> draft-ict-strategic-framework/story-fn4htb9o-1226204956268>
> NSW Finance and Services Minister Greg Pearce has unveiled a highly 
> anticipated draft policy mapping the state's strategic framework for IT 
> and communications.
> The 20-page consultation document outlines objectives and priority areas 
> intended to ensure NSW's $2 billion per annum ICT budget is well spent.
> Importantly it is one of the few times NSW has asked for public feedback 
> on a policy matter. 
> A website for comments and submissions has been created at:
>  <http://www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au/ict>
> NSW hopes to release its final ICT strategy early next year.
> One major goal is to improve service delivery through a whole-of-
> government approach for everything from information-sharing to 
> procurement.
> "The NSW government will be a leader in the use of ICT to transform 
> government service delivery, make it easier to do business with 
> government, and build sustainable public sector productivity to the 
> benefit of the entire state," the vision statement says.
> The draft document outlines four guiding principles: senior leadership 
> via the formulation of a government ICT Board; strategic industry 
> engagement through the ICT Advisory Panel of private sector and research 
> leaders; a focus on service delivery, and adopting a portfolio management 
> approach to reduce duplication and improve productivity.
> Senior business leaders across government identified five main areas for 
> improvement: better information-sharing between departments and agencies; 
> real-time services available 24/7 via mobile devices and increased use of 
> online channels; the use of emerging technologies to develop new 
> services, and up-skilling public sector employees in financial and 
> performance management.
> Detailed implementation plans identifying priority areas for the strategy 
> should be ready by March 2012; these will include common methods and 
> guidance tools for agency decision-making.
> "Today we move to the next stage in delivering better ICT in NSW," Mr 
> Pearce said in a statement.
> "The draft framework outlines the government's goals and direction for 
> ICT in NSW, driven by the overarching goal of making NSW the leader in 
> ICT."
> Mr Pearce said the O'Farrell government was committed to making it easier 
> for NSW citizens to interact with the public sector using technology.
> "Today we lay on the table the core principles that will steer NSW 
> government ICT policy and investment into the future," he said.
> "It has been developed by key stakeholders within government and industry 
> through the new ICT governance structure.
> "The strategic framework is focused on improving service delivery across 
> government, increasing productivity and making more efficient investment 
> in ICT."
> The government remains committed to its data centre consolidation plan 
> that will see 130 hubs reduced to 2 facilities. 
> Macquarie Capital and Leightons are in a two-way tussle to win the tender.
> "Rationalising the provision of data centre capacity across government 
> has the potential to deliver a substantial reduction in infrastructure 
> and operating costs," the document says.
> --
> Cheers,
> Stephen
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