Federal Govt Signs $1bn IBM Deal
The federal government has inked a five-year deal with IBM for $1bn for the computing giant to provide hardware, software and cloud solutions to all major government agencies.
This is a win for IBM has it has been involved in a number of outages for the Australian government over the years, one of the most recent being the 2016 census fail where citizens were unable to access the census website.
IBM will also be covering joint innovation programs in quantum computing, information security and research.
IBM will also provide access to ‘Building Digital Capability’ tools and resources to help government keep up with the changing needs within the workplace and continue to raise digital literacy.
Michael Keenan, Minister for Human Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Digital Transformation says, “As a major buyer of IBM’s products and services, the deal enables us to maximise the return on our ICT investments and ensures that taxpayers are always getting the best possible value for money.”
The department of human services, the ATO, the department of home affairs and the department of defence all have existing partnerships with IBM.
David La Rose, managing director at IBM Australia & New Zealand says, “The whole of government agreement reflects the growing importance of technology to the government’s transformation agenda. For agencies it will be more simple and cost efficient to engage with IBM. While our technologies make it possible for government to delivery smarter, integrated, always-on digital services for citizens,” he said.
The federal government is planning to become one of the top-three digital governments globally by 2025.