New Zealand Police is aiming to change the way it develops and deploys cloud applications - and to make the process a whole lot faster and easier.
Seeking to reduce application development and deployment time, the Police is looking to subscribe to a high-productivity application platform as-a-service or, even more awkwardly, hpaPaaS.
Specifically, the country's law enforcement arm is seeking a "no-code or low-code" graphical, model-driven development platform, designed to enable both professional and non-professional developers to rapidly build and deploy cloud-native applications.
Applications targeted include firearms applications to establish an effective firearms management and administration system.
"There are numerous improvements that could be made to the current system for management and administration of firearms licences: the system is paper-based and there is duplication of effort," a tender released last week states.
"From an applicant’s perspective this gives a slow, manual, and inconsistent service."
Another planned project is a form management application that will deliver a central forms register providing a single source of truth for Police forms.
According to the tender documents, the hpaPaaS service selected must specifically deliver better IT-business collaboration, more time for IT to focus on complex tasks and a higher level of innovation.
"The proposed outcome of this procurement is to identify a panel of hpaPaaS technology providers that Police may select from when an hpaPaaS solution meets our requirements," the tender states.
Analyst firm Gartner forecasts at least 50 per cent of all new business applications will be created with high-productivity toolsets by 2020.
Gartner's 2017 magic quadrant analysis identified three leading vendors in hpaPaaS: Salesforce, OutSystems and Mendix.
Like many local organisations, the Police is seeking transformation as service demands increase and an increasingly complex operational environment require ICT to be more efficient and flexible.
"The theme for ICT transformation towards 2021 is ‘connect’," the tender states. "We will use technology to connect officers with each other and with the information and services they need; to strengthen the connection between Police and the public, to help them be safe and feel safe; and to interconnect with other providers for better community outcomes."
The deadline for proposals is 11 April.