The three-year deal, mandatory for federal agencies, was negotiated in June 2019, at a cost of $US 39 million, to simplify the way cloud services are purchased. The agreement will simplify the public procurement process and deliver substantial savings through a strengthened and coherent set of pre-negotiated terms for all users. The Common Use Arrangement (CUA) – which uses the federal government`s agreement with AWS – was announced wednesday by the Office of Digital Government (ODG). Simon Tse, Managing Director of the Crown Commercial Service, said: “CSC offers trade agreements that help organisations across the public sector save time and money in the purchase of everyday consumer goods and services. This agreement with AWS shows remarkable value to the public sector organisations we serve and supports them in their drive to improve services to citizens across Britain. However, unlike the Vault Cloud CPA contract, NSW authorities will procure AWS cloud services through the entire Federal Digital Transformation Agency`s government contract with the company. “This agreement makes it easier for Australian government agencies to procure AWS services and reduce value,” Peter Moore, regional management director for the global public sector at AWS Asia Pacific, said in a statement. “Governments, educational institutions, healthcare, and nonprofit customers across the UK are already providing some of the world`s most exciting innovations with AWS Cloud,” said Chris Hayman, DIRECTOR of UK Public Sector at AWS. “This new agreement will strengthen the technical skills of those working in the public sector, provide smaller suppliers with better access to government contracts by supporting a fairer and more diverse marketplace, and result in significant savings for public sector organizations.” The DTA continues to develop the full set of volume purchase agreements with suppliers to ensure that the government has access to the best prices and conditions, with Amazon Web Services (AWS) being the latest provider to come forward. The VA government has already implemented AUCs with Oracle and since August Microsoft to access the Public Cloud to coordinate purchases and reduce costs. “The introduction of this centralized agreement provides public and local authorities in Western Australia, as well as other authorized users, such as universities, with a consistent approach to purchasing AWS services without having to negotiate separate contractual terms,” said Iain Rouse, country director for AWS Public Sector in Australia and New Zealand. AWS first became a government-leading DTA provider in 2019, two years after the Agency began the federal process of streamlining IT procurement. As early as 2015, the VA government announced a 10-year AU$3 billion initiative, known as GovNext-ICT, to relocate the state`s IT infrastructure.
Joseph Brookes is the author and content producer for Which-50.com and the Which-50 Digital Intelligence Unit. He highlighted the impact of digital transformation on Australian businesses, with a particular focus on the media, financial services and government sectors. . . .