Microsoft today announced it has finalised a cross government licensing framework with the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA). The new framework covers both traditional and cloud based software, and offers the Government improved value for money, simplicity and flexibility.
The framework is designed to support the New Zealand Government's efforts to modernise and increase the efficiency of Government information technology (IT) and the public sector through a model that is tailored to meet the specific needs of the Government now and in the future.
Chris Brice, Public Sector Director at Microsoft New Zealand says the new framework is a positive step forward for Government ICT.
"Technology is an important enabler for an efficient public service that can deliver the results that matter to New Zealanders, in an environment of tight fiscal constraints. Microsoft is committed to supporting the Government's priorities by providing a licensing framework that is focused on improving productivity and value for money. We want to support the Government's objective to deliver better public services."
"We have a 25 year relationship with the New Zealand Government and this framework provides continuity and creates a strong foundation for the future."
The licensing framework is designed to support key Government objectives including:
- Value for money - the framework allows the Government to aggregate all Microsoft technology purchases and accommodates shared services delivery models. In addition, Microsoft will invest in helping to modernise the Government's IT infrastructure.
- Simplicity - the framework adopts an innovative approach to licensing which will help all Government agencies to embrace new styles of working, including Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) models. It will also enable the Government to reduce administrative overheads from software asset management.
- Flexibility - the framework is designed to support the changing nature of the public sector and its workforce, allowing for fluctuations in employee numbers and the movement of licenses between agencies.
- Cloud Computing - under this framework Microsoft will enable the Government to transition seamlessly between on-premise, private and public cloud computing models, as well as support the greater use of smartphones and slates. The framework includes enhanced privacy and security terms based on stringent European Data Protection requirements that will serve to protect Government use of Microsoft cloud services.
- Access to modern technology - the framework means Government agencies will be able to access the latest technology as it becomes available. This includes resilient and cost-effective cloud services for email, collaboration, case management, systems management, communications technology that uses the internet for voice and video calls, and upgrades for Windows and Office that are simpler to use and support.
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