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Call for more sharing of data in government IaaS circles

Paul Brislen, Editor. 28 February 2018, 7:12 am

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is the name of the game in a new report from the Auditor General's office.

The report, "Infrastructure as a Service: Are the benefits being achieved?" looks at whether organisations using IaaS "and the wider public sector" are achieving any benefits from it.

"The Government Chief Information Office (the GCIO) introduced Infrastructure as a Service to support the previous Government's goal of providing a more effective and efficient way for organisations to outsource their information and communications technology (ICT) services to private providers. Organisations started using Infrastructure as a Service in 2012/13. At the time of our audit, about a quarter of the organisations that could use Infrastructure as a Service were using it," says the report but goes on to call out the government's CIO saying the GCIO needs to do more.

"By doing so, the GCIO will be better prepared to support organisations to take up Infrastructure as a Service."

The Auditor General wants to see the GCIO share the data it collects on shared services more widely so as to encourage other government organisations to consider making the leap.


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