DIA looks for cross government CMS and website provider
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In the latest of a string of IT cost cutting and efficiency measures, the Department of Internal Affairs has announced it will lead the implementation of a shared content management and hosting service for government websites, services it says currently cost the government $40 million per year.
The Common Web Services Platform (CWSP) initiative will use a content management system standardised across several government agencies to reduce cost and complexity. It was approved by the government ICT council in late 2011.
The DIA says government websites are usually developed as one off projects, which creates unnecessary design and development costs. This method has resulted in over 50 distinct content management systems.
The $40 million a year figure is a conservative estimate, it adds.
This initiative will only cover basic information display websites which do not require large levels of integration with government databases.
Although it is leading the procurement, the DIA says IRD, Ministry of Education, and The Treasury are among 10 departments actively seeking or likely to use the CWSP in the near future.
Last October government announced Datacom and Revera as the winners of its infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) panel. The DIA says it prefers systems built on IaaS, or with the capablity to move to the cloud in the future.
It goes on to say at least one department requires a hybrid cloud system for the handling of sensitive documents.
An RFP document has been sent out to prospective technology partners to provide web development, design, and hosting services.
Would have thought SilverStripe, open source and used in government lots, would be a obvious pick since its also a New Zealand based project and would be investing in a local and innovative Wellington firm.
Also @Sarah this simplistic article fails to mention that web design and other services went to panel weeks ago. It also missed IBM from the list of IaaS providers.
Posted by Anonymous at 19:07:25 on July 6, 2012
Posted by Sarah at 15:19:00 on July 6, 2012
Posted by Chris at 11:21:12 on July 5, 2012
Posted by Anonymous at 12:26:15 on July 6, 2012
I don't want to bleat about open alternatives, but surely if we're only looking at brochure websites we could deploy Wordpress or Drupal or similar? A lot of capable, and cheap, PHP / WP/ Drupal developers out there.
I wonder if any of this will include mobile versions?
Posted by James P at 8:08:10 on July 4, 2012
Posted by Trademe at 9:46:28 on July 4, 2012
Posted by Anonymous at 12:27:59 on July 6, 2012