Hewlett Packard Enterprise has signed a pan-government agreement with The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) in New Zealand, following the lead of a host of global software suppliers.
Terms of the three-year agreement - with the option for DIA to renew for an additional two years - will allow eligible government agencies to buy new software licences, cloud services and appliances from the vendor under standardised terms.
Effective December 2016, the deal is designed provide “substantial savings” across the public sector, as well as saving time and resources through a simplified procurement process.
“This agreement aligns with our strategy of New Zealand Government acting as a single customer and will support government agencies in embracing the move to the cloud,” New Zealand Government chief technology officer, Tim Occleshaw, said.
“This system-wide approach is key to government’s digital services transformation as part of the shift to a digital economy and society.”
Building on previous pan-government partnerships DIA has negotiated with global ICT suppliers, Occleshaw said the agreement allows public sector agencies to access pricing that reflects the purchasing power of government.
“As well as products that are structured in a manner that aligns with how government wants to consume ICT services,” he added.
Specifically, Occleshaw said the establishment of government as a single customer has created an “economy of scale” and an ability to negotiate discounted rates on all products and cloud services, as well as the ability to transfer licences between agencies and authorised parties.
Furthermore, added benefits of the agreement include the ability to reinvest legacy on-premise licensing in cloud services, while accessing a subscription based catalogue, which is unique to New Zealand Government customers.
“More widely, this agreement presents an exciting and important opportunity for New Zealand,” Occleshaw said.
“It demonstrates the collaboration and collective strength that agency chief executives aspired to when we developed the Government ICT Strategy.
“Our vision is to create a single, coherent government ICT system that enables a radical transformation of public services. Our agreement with HPE is another step towards achieving this goal.”
Eligible agencies defined by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s white list which includes those under the Government Chief Information Officer (GCIO) mandate.