NZ Govt cancels MS talks

NZ Govt cancels MS talks

Summary: The New Zealand State Services Commission announced yesterday that it had been unable to reach an agreement with Microsoft for a new whole-of-government contract.

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The New Zealand State Services Commission announced yesterday that it had been unable to reach an agreement with Microsoft for a new whole-of-government contract.

"It became apparent during discussions that a formal agreement with Microsoft is no longer appropriate," the commission said in a statement.

The existing agreement begun in 2000 allowed New Zealand's public sector agencies to purchase Microsoft products on an opt-in basis.

All is not lost for Microsoft as it has agreed to provide pricing certainty for agencies as a basis for individual agency negotiations, and the State Services Commission for its part has said that it will be "supporting agencies to explore how they can maximise their ICT investment and achieve greater value for money".

Earlier in the week, the NZ minister for Internal Affairs announced a move towards shared services and Edwin Bruce of the State Services Commission (SSC) pulled out of giving a keynote speech at the conference, with an SSC spokesperson saying the commission was going through a "transition" so it would be premature for Bruce to comment.

The move runs contrary to similar purchasing initiatives in Australia's Federal Government, which has recently inked a new whole-of-government purchasing deal with Microsoft, led by the Department of Defence.

Topic: New Zealand

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Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining CBS as a programmer. After a Canadian sojourn, he returned in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia, and is now the Australian Editor of ZDNet.

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  • Maybe the NZ govt types saw the light???

    I wonder if a child of the relevant minister pointed their parent to www.ubuntu.com or www.openoffice.org and a penny dropped that the emperor's fine clothes may not be all that they are promoted as being.
    The Australian government ought get out and look at what other countries are achieving by standardising on open standard formats, provided by stable open source products (like Open Office).
    Australia is being just so backward in this regard. Sure Defence will always be slow to change, but why the rest of government should be rounded up as sheep behind them is baffling. Still, best to get agreed prices from M$ and then announce your major Open Source migration plans, so that there is no 'retribution' in pricing of those who must stay on proprietary software for legacy reasons.
    anonymous