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Defence calls for industry feedback over IT supplier panel overhaul

Leon Spencer | Nov. 8, 2016
Defence proposes a new IT supplier panel amid $20 billion tech investment

The development of the new IT supplier panel comes as the department's Chief Information Officer Group (CIOG), which is charged with managing and maintaining defence's fixed and mobile IT networks, heads up a long-term technology transformation.

The multi-year IT strategy is aimed at taking Defence from an infrastructure-centric approach to IT, to an information-centric approach, with a focus on information, the evolving technology landscape, and changes in the way IT services are delivered.

When the department signed its deal with Lockheed Martin, Defence CIO, Dr. Peter Lawrence, said the project would consolidate infrastructure and applications, improving the overall effectiveness and efficiency of data centre delivery in defence.

"Centralised processing will deliver a smaller number of more reliable and resilient data centres, from within 280 data centres to 11 domestically and three internationally," Lawrence said at the time. 

"It will improve the availability, reliability and security of Defence's computer processing capability," he said.

The Department has also released the latest iteration of its ongoing IT transformation activities with the Defence Information and Communications Technology Strategic Direction 2016-2020, replacing its 2009 IT strategic plan.

The new strategic plan, which reveals plans by the department to spend $20 billion on IT over a 10-year period, outlines how it intends to undertake its technology overhaul from now until 2020.

The paper also outlines the department's ongoing Single Information Environment push, which sees the consolidation of data centres, infrastructure remediation, and high speed networking.

Defence's request for industry feedback on the proposed IT supplier panel arrangements closes on November 25.


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