The government will negotiate a further three-year software licencing deal with Microsoft early next year.
Since 2000, the government has negotiated a series of three-year agreements with Microsoft under which New Zealand public sector agencies purchase the company's software. "The Microsoft licensing agreements deliver value-for-money by leveraging the combined buying power of the New Zealand public sector to provide significant price discounts under terms acceptable to government," a statement of the E-government website says. The last agreement was negotiated during 2005-06 and expires in June next year. The State Services Commission has established a steering committee of senior executives from public sector agencies to provide it with advice ahead of negotiations for the next software deal, called the "G2009 Framework Agreement". Negotiation with Microsoft is expected to take place during February and March 2009. The State Services Commission will then run a series of presentations in the main centres during April to inform agencies of the key features of the new agreement. "Microsoft licensing agreements do not commit agencies to purchase Microsoft products, but if agencies select Microsoft products as a result of their evaluation of suppliers, then they may purchase Microsoft products using the terms and pricing in the agreements," the statement says. An account management function is also expected to be established to manage the agreement.