​ASG inks deal to help ABS in IT overhaul

ASG Group will leverage and extend the Australian Bureau of Statistics' existing Oracle technology with new core database, security, and big data components.

ASG Group has signed a two-year deal with the federal government that will contribute to the revamp of the Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) technology environment.

The deal, which is expected to deliver revenue of more than AU$10 million over the two years, will see ASG deliver a new enterprise data management environment using Oracle technology to help the ABS produce statistical information.

The use of Oracle technology by ASG will be an extension to the previous investments ABS has made in Oracle technologies. The new additions will include core database, security, data integration, business, and big data components.

The new environment will replace solutions that were formerly developed in-house by ABS.

ASG CEO Geoff Lewis said this is the company's first engagement with the ABS and is confident that it will be the start of a long-term relationship.

"ASG has one of the largest enterprise analytics practices in Australia and we are excited to deliver our unique expertise to help federal government departments transform their technology environments, delivering definitive business outcomes," he said.

The ASG solution forms part of the statistical business transformation program (SBTP), previously known as the ABS 2017 program, which involves overhauling the agency's statistical infrastructure, including systems and business processes that are engaged in collecting, processing, analysing, and disseminating data.

Speaking to ZDNet last August, ABS CIO Patrick Hadley explained the ABS was making some real progress in its transformation program thanks to the Australian government's commitment to invest AU$250 million into the agency over the next five years.

"It's not an IT refresh; it's a fundamental transformation of statistical processes, systems, and infrastructure," he said, admitting some applications still in use were at least 30 years old.

But this deal is not ASG's first with the federal government. The company has a growing portfolio after securing recent contracts with the Department of Finance, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Department of Communications, and Department of Education and Training.