NSW Government looking for new approaches for acquiring enterprise software

NSW Government, through the NSW Government Chief Information Office (GCIO) and NSW Procurement (NSWP), is issuing this Request for Information (RFI) to the ICT Industry seeking options for alternative delivery and acquisition models for the provision of software solutions that meets Government’s needs and objectives.

The New South Wales Government is keen to investigate all potential alternatives to acquiring and using common enterprise software applications and solutions, across a broad spectrum of categories, for Government Agencies.

Vendors and their partners, both small and large, are encouraged to respond to this Request for Information with their products and solutions based on the categories described in the document under “current thinking”, outlining how their offerings interoperate with other solutions and how the use of their solutions can better meet the Government’s objectives.

This is an opportunity for the ICT industry to provide innovative solutions to be used as input for a potential second stage, more formal approach, to the market for a range of options by which Agencies can procure software products, solutions and/or related services to meet their front line service objectives, in the most cost effective way.

Industry is encouraged to respond to this RFI to ensure their views are considered in the development of future procurement strategies, including vendors able to offer open source solutions or Software as a Service

Unfortunately, unless you are registered on the NSW eTendering system you won’t be able to access further information about this Request for Information (RFI). However, this RFI is more interesting than it might look – on the face of it, the NSW Government is saying we are open to new (and more cost effective) ways of acquiring enterprise software. I wonder if Google will be responding, as the NSW Government is already a client?

However, it would be great to see the NSW GCIO office also look at the process of how they go about acquiring software, and not just look at the basis on which the software is provided because the RFI process is still likely to limit who responds. Also, one of the powerful features (and influence) of the open source movement is that it has allowed organisations to try before they buy rather than the poker game like approach taken by government IT procurement processes.