The Federal Government has released a Secure Cloud Strategy, to enable government agencies to make a coordinated transition to cloud technology.
The Minister Assisting the Minister for Digital Transformation, the Hon. Michael Keenan, also announced that the Government has executed a new whole-of-government agreement with cloud travel and expense management solution provider Concur, an SAP company, to enable cheaper and easier adoption of cloud services.
“This strategic arrangement will simplify our ICT procurement and allow the Government to get the best return on investment for ICT products and services,” Minister Keenan said, adding that ICT procurement reform is expected to provide savings of up to $54 million over the next four years.
The Concur deal builds on the whole-of-government purchasing arrangement with SAP previously announced last October.
The strategy, available on the Digital Transformation Agency website, is a “key component” of the Digital Transformation Agenda, replacing the Australian Government Cloud Computing Policy released in 2014.
Among the initiatives forming part of the strategy is the creation of seven principles to guide agencies in the development of their own cloud strategies, moving towards a certification mode, instituting a common assessment framework to clarify cloud system requirements, developing appropriate contracts, building cloud skills and expertise in the Australian Public Service, and exploring and developing shared platforms that could be used by multiple agencies.
Keenan said agencies which have embraced cloud have already seen significant benefits.
“By moving its Sentinel bushfire hotspot mapping service to the cloud in 2016, Geoscience Australia eliminated outages during the 2016-17 bushfire season and reduced its ongoing maintenance costs by 80 per cent,” Minister Keenan said. “Harnessing the power of digital technology will make the delivery of government digital services faster, more secure and more reliable.”