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NZ Transport Agency eyes cloud shift for corporate applications

NZ Transport Agency eyes cloud shift for corporate applications

Public cloud partner required to help embed people, process and technology layers

NZTA is planning to shift corporate applications to the public cloud

NZTA is planning to shift corporate applications to the public cloud

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The New Zealand Transport Agency is moving its first corporate applications to public cloud, but requires help from the channel.

The agency, which plans and manages land transport and highway infrastructure investment, is looking for an experienced, specialist public cloud technology partner to help it develop its cloud adoption strategy.

NZTA's annual review by Parliament's Transport and Infrastructure Committee Transport, published in March, reported a project called the "IT cloud program" had been suspended after $736,398 out of a budget of $1,355,086 had been spent.

"The IT cloud program has subsequently been re-initiated in 2017/18 with a revised program that will utilise delivered components of the original program," the review said.

The new engagement covers the establishment of the people, process and technology foundational layers and help the agency migrate the first applications.

The project is focused primarily on NZTA corporate technology cloud adoption rather than NZTA connected journeys technology unit, which has been developing in the cloud for some time.

"Success to the agency is not simply the successful migration of our first applications to the cloud but the embedding of the people, process and technology layers to continuously optimise and leverage the ever-changing public cloud platforms," an advance notice of the opportunity said.

NZTA is looking for a cloud specialist with experience and proven methodologies, tools and frameworks to successfully undertake the work of co-designing the agency's cloud shift.

Exactly which public cloud will be used is unclear. NZTA appears to have existing relationships with Microsoft's Azure for its GIS applications, while AWS and partner Consegna sponsored the agency's hackathon this year.

However, in a September video, Martin McMullan, director of connected journeys, explained how NZTA was building a digital transport agency with Google and other technologies.



Last year, Unisys won a deal to help the NZTA streamline development of New Zealand's driver and vehicle registration platform.

The five-and-a-half-year deal will see the platform, Registry Suite, moving to a cloud-based Agile DevOps delivery environment where solutions evolve and respond quickly to changes such as new legislation, Unisys said.


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