The federal Department of Veterans' Affairs
(DVA) has flagged plans to upgrade its business intelligence (BI)
capabilities, going to market this week for a 700-seat solution
to be implemented mid-2007.
The department is responsible for implementing policy and
programs to fulfil the nation's obligations to war veterans and
their dependants. DVA has around 2,200 staff.
In tender documents released this week, DVA noted it had an
existing, Cognos Series 7.3-based BI platform, but wanted to
modernise its toolset to meet evolving information needs. That
system was used occasionally by around 600 people, with an
additional 100 using it more regularly and intensively.
DVA holds approximately 80 percent of the data relating to its
major lines of business (for example, veterans' compensation and income
support) in a data warehouse that has been progressively
implemented since 1999. However, plans are in place to cover all of the organisation's strategic data within two years.
Overall, the new BI solution will address an enterprise warehouse of between 150 and 300 GB of data.
The department said it had plans to implement a new hardware
configuration to support the data warehouse, based on IBM's AIX
operating system and the vendor's p-series servers.
IBM's DB2 database (version 8.2) in data warehouse mode is
also used, in addition to the SAS Institute's Enterprise Data
Integration tool (version 9.1.3) and Computer Associate's Erwin
data modelling software. Microsoft Active Directory is used for authentication.
DVA will select a vendor for the project in March 2007.
DVA's move comes as Australia Post has recently signed a
massive 14,000 seat business intelligence contract with vendor
Other Australian organisations known to have current business
intelligence projects going include Victoria's Department of
Human Services, TAFE Tasmania, Queensland Police and Sydney