Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Dominic Perrottet, and Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, Victor Dominello, today announced a new cloud computing agreement with Microsoft that provides NSW government agencies access to a suite of new collaborative technologies.
Mr Perrottet said the technology would break down departmental ‘silos’, providing opportunities for more collaboration and information sharing between departments, and generating efficiencies in the way government services are delivered.
“Taking advantage of new technology is integral to the NSW Government’s commitment to delivering the best possible service to the people of NSW,” he said.
“Working with leading edge suppliers to implement cloud-based technology means our agencies can be more responsive, agile and innovative, delivering citizen focused services anywhere, anytime while benefiting from increased scalability and flexibility.”
Microsoft’s cloud services are now available to agencies including the Departments of Health, Finance and Services, Justice, FACS and Planning and Environment.
Mr Dominello said the agreement represented another milestone in the NSW Government’s IT reform agenda, as the NSW Government ICT Strategy continues to build capability across the public sector in support of better service delivery, and deriving better value for the state’s $2 billion annual investment in information and communications technology.
“This agreement will ensure the NSW Government has the digital capabilities needed to deliver better services to citizens in an era of rapid technological change,” Mr Dominello said.
Microsoft Australia’s Managing Director Pip Marlow said, “Microsoft is delighted to provide new cloud and collaboration services that will offer significant benefits for Government departments and the people of NSW, helping to modernise workplaces and increase productivity.”
The government will continue to monitor the rollout of cloud-based services, with a view to considering additional applications for similar technology across government.
For more information, view a short video at https://youtu.be/J4O7Kd0OusE.