NZ Government accelerates move to SaaS with TechnologyOne
The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment has announced a new procurement framework with TechnologyOne that will pave the way for 23 New Zealand government agencies to transition to modern and secure Software-as-a-Service environments.
The new streamlined procurement arrangements will offer stronger cybersecurity options and improve services to citizens by allowing agencies to be more flexible and innovate more quickly.
Negotiated by MBIE and endorsed by the office of the Government Chief Digital Officer, part of the Department of Internal Affairs, the agreement provides a common contractual framework, providing New Zealand government agencies a clear roadmap for their digital transformation to a SaaS platform.
It is part of the Government's reforms to ICT procurement making it simpler, clearer and faster for agencies and industry to transact services and deliver better outcomes for the community.
Ed Chung, TechnologyOne chief executive, said he is proud to be a part of New Zealand Government's digital transformation, with the new arrangements set to bring forward benefits to citizens, at a time when agility in the public sector is needed.
"As the disruption caused by the pandemic enters its second year, we know that strong, secure and resilient IT operations will power the innovations that will drive the country's economy forward and we believe this is an exciting and economically important step for New Zealand," he says.
"The last 12 months have demonstrated the benefits of Software-as-a-Service environments.
"The organisations that were able to make the smoothest transitions to remote work this time last year were those who had invested in SaaS," he says.
The agreement comes at a good time for government agencies with TechnologyOnes SaaS infrastructure being certified as compliant with the New Zealand Information Security Manual for several years already, building on the high-level credentials recently awarded to TechnologyOne by Australia's security authorities.
It also comes at a time when public sector organisations around the country are considering the changes required to be ready for the introduction of e-Invoicing, a digital transformation which allows them to do away with paper invoices to reduce costs and them help them pay suppliers, including small businesses, faster.
"The Australian and New Zealand governments use a common standard for e-Invoicing, which means New Zealand agencies can benefit from work already done across the Tasman," adds Chung.
TechnologyOne is Australia's largest enterprise software company and one of Australia's top 150 ASX-listed companies, with locations across six countries.