Speaking at Criterion’s Implementing an As-a-Service Model conference in Sydney, John Sheridan, the government’s chief technology officer, has discussed spend on cloud-based procurement.
Within seven months of the 2015-16 financial year the government publicly tendered for cloud services to a total of $27 million. Sheridan confirmed that the total of cloud-based procurement posted on AusTender in 2014-15 was $25 million. Between 2009-2011 it was estimated that $100,000 worth of cloud procurement was totalled.
Sheridan said: “You can see that the growth is there. But you’ve got to manage the expectations around this to a certain extent.
“We spend about AU$5 billion per year on IT, so spending AU$30 million on cloud computing is only a start – but it is the sort of thing that builds up over time and I’m expecting to see more of that this year.”
The government established a Cloud Services Panel to make it easier for government departments and agencies to procure a cloud-based solution provider.