Qld brings government IT together

Qld brings government IT together

Summary: The Queensland state government will create chief information and chief technology offices in sweeping changes to the framework under which the state's internal IT systems are developed and governed.The widespread reforms, which include the consolidation of the state's infrastructure, network and data centres, are expected to save taxpayers at least AU$135 million a year, according to Queensland IT Minister Robert Schwarten.

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The Queensland state government will create chief information and chief technology offices in sweeping changes to the framework under which the state's internal IT systems are developed and governed.

The widespread reforms, which include the consolidation of the state's infrastructure, network and data centres, are expected to save taxpayers at least AU$135 million a year, according to Queensland IT Minister Robert Schwarten.

Detailing the moves in a statement issued today, State-owned ICT services group Citec will rein back its services to the private sector and will now primarily focus on providing services to the government.

"For the first time we'll be looking at a whole of government framework to guide the development of our information systems," said Schwarten.

"That framework is going to ensure that decisions about ICT right across the government align with government priorities."

"State Cabinet has accepted the recommendations of the Service Delivery and Performance Commission's report on its review of information and communication technology governance in the Queensland government," the statement said.

An ICT innovation centre will also be established within Citec to enable agencies and suppliers to work together.

Queensland is not alone in seeking to bring together its various IT assets -- most of Australia's state governments and the Commonwealth are currently going through the same process.

Topics: CXO, Government, Government AU

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