NZ Government launches office productivity in the cloud

Phase one of the Office Productivity as a Service (OPaaS) rollout delivers Exchange email, calendaring and security features.

New Zealand Government CIO Colin MacDonald launched the first phase of an all of government cloud-based office productivity service today saying the service will help agencies streamline their support systems as they focus on transforming their customer services. 

The contract for Office Productivity as a Service (OPaaS) was awarded to Datacom which will initially supply email and calendar services, including archiving and data loss prevention to government agencies. Other services include file-sharing, mobility services, instant messaging and collaboration.

“OPaaS is the third building block in a suite of services designed to standardise and simplify ICT management in government agencies, help them work together, and make them more efficient and effective,” MacDonald says.

New Zealand Government CIO Colin MacDonald.

“OPaaS will be hosted in the cloud so agencies will always have access to the newest and most secure software without the need to manage these applications themselves. Agencies only pay for what they need, when they need it, without the need to own and maintain their own infrastructure. This saves money and frees agencies up to focus on creating the services customers want and expect."

The first phase of OPaaS includes a core service of Microsoft Exchange email and calendar, content filtering for malware, viruses and objectionable content, a SEEMail Gateway and email archive.

It also delivers data loss prevention, authentication, mobile access and disaster recovery in an environment for information rated up to and including "restricted".

The second phase, to be launched later in the year, will include file sharing, device-based conferencing, instant messaging, collaboration and web-based document editing.

The new service complements two recently released cloud products, Desktop as a Service (DaaS) and Enterprise Content Management as a Service (ECMS).

Internal Affairs worked with Department of Conservation, NZ Transport Agency, NZ Qualifications Authority and Ministry for Primary Industries to develop the OPaaS offering.