Education Ministry mulls software as a service
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The Ministry of Education is building a business case for a software-as-a-service approach to project management tools.
It has issued a request for information (RFI) “to seek general and overview information (utility and budget / cost information) on software as a service-based project and portfolio management (PPM) software with the following functionality modules: project, programme and portfolio management, project, programme and portfolio reporting [and] portfolio product management.”
In the language of the discipline, a programme typically incorporates several projects and a portfolio may include several programmes and projects. This hierarchical structure is reflected in sample display and report formats appended to the RFI.
However, the ministry is still in the process of building the business case, says spokeswoman Emma Peel. She was therefore unable to answer Computerworld's questions about the reason for the SaaS orientation and what any new PPM service is intended to replace.
Since the business case is not yet finalised, Peel says, the Ministry is not saying at this stage that it definitely will adopt a new SaaS PPM suite.
“In order to protect the RFI process and to ensure we do not pre-empt the outcome of the business case, the Ministry does not have any further information at this stage other than that which is contained in the RFI,” she says.
Project management tools should be based on the Prince2 methodology and programme management on MSP (Managing Successful Programmes), a guide developed by the UK government’s Office of Government Commerce, the RFI says.
Closing date for replies to the RFI is Wednesday August 15.
Posted by Anonymous at 23:05:52 on August 14, 2012
Anyway, MoE seem to have forgotten to talk to others on the face of it.
Posted by Anonymous at 9:20:52 on August 15, 2012
Having worked for MoE I'd suggest that they haven't done this deliberately, that is, they don't necessarily know about the All of Government, IaaS, and host of other projects DIA are running.
We are talking about an agency that is persisting on INSOURCING their payroll, how is that multi-million dollar progam going?
Still, ignorance is no defense, the cost of provisioning a shared service for enterprise change management across multiple agencies will be a fraction of cost compared to a tailored implementation.
God knows most agencies could do with some help in the project space...
Perhaps this is just the beginning of the rush to get in before the government can take the IT budgets off the core agencies...
Posted by Anonymous at 18:29:56 on August 14, 2012
Posted by Anonymous at 10:35:30 on August 15, 2012
What happened to the All of Government stuff?
Posted by Anonymous at 11:03:16 on August 14, 2012
In respect to this RFI and future work - beware the bald man with dark rimmed glasses! He'll milk you for everything you've got!
Posted by Anonymous at 12:10:07 on August 14, 2012
Posted by Anonymous at 11:13:22 on August 14, 2012
Posted by Anonymous at 12:07:04 on August 14, 2012
Absolutely spot on. DIA is facilitating this "stuff" at the moment, but quite frankly, they wouldn't be needed if the agencies talked to each other.
Posted by Anonymous at 12:22:30 on August 14, 2012
Posted by Anonymous at 12:39:33 on August 14, 2012