A high-powered group of government agencies is backing the latest "as a service" push in New Zealand, delivering cross-government telecommunications as a service.
Telecommunications as a Service (TaaS) is a joint initiative between the Department of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, but a request for information from telecommunications providers released this week says the effort is a collaboration between a much broader group of agencies.
These include the Department of Conservation, Health Benefits Limited, Inland Revenue, the Ministry of Primary Industries, Ministry of Social Development, New Zealand Defence Force, New Zealand Police and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.
TaaS aims to deliver cross-government telecommunications and managed security services sourced from a "competitive innovative market" the request document says.
TaaS and other "as a service" efforts are being led by the Government Chief Information Officer (GCIO), who has already led the delivery of all-of-government desktop as a service, infrastructure as a service and office productivity as a service.
"DIA and MBIE would like to better understand the telecommunications and managed security supply market," the request says. "We think the New Zealand Government can consume these services in a more efficient and effective way, from both the supplier’s and agency’s perspective.
"We are looking for the market to propose innovative options that will enable transformational change to existing commercial, architectural, and operating models for these services."
The objectives of TaaS are to decrease the cost of ownership of telecommunications and managed security services to government; improve interoperability between government agencies and our suppliers; increase value for money; reduce costs to suppliers; and ensure services are able to be undertaken in a secure manner.
Services will be provided “as a service”, removing the need for government to own specialist technology assets and to maintain specialist technology skills, the request says. It will also reduce duplication of services and connections across government.
Connectivity will be provided by default to all Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) datacentres from any authorised government network port.
TaaS will also cater to the network requirements of emergency services and deliver contact centre optimisation.
The request closes on 7 July with workshops to be held from July through September.