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DIA seeks comment on new-look Marketplace

Techblog staff. 14 February 2019, 4:58 pm

The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) is seeking feedback on its new Marketplace model as it moves away from a traditional panel approach to tendering.

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What's the point of a warranty period in a SaaS contract?

Buddle Findlay. 05 December 2018, 6:29 am

What's the point of a warranty period in a SaaS contract?

We are increasingly seeing significant gaps between suppliers and customers of SaaS contracts in relation to their expectations about the …

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Chorus unbundled fibre design

Brendan Ritchie. 24 October 2018, 5:00 am

Unbundled fibre is coming, by 2020 it will be available for use by retail service providers. What that means for end users is uncertain, in fact what it means for telcos is uncertain, but key details …

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 28 September 2018, 3:49 pm

It's 2025 and your auto-drive car slews sickeningly across a dark and rain-drenched road. You scrabble at the wheel as the car slides across the wet tarmac and disappears into the bush and scrub and i…

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ICT marketplace opens for business

Sarah Putt. 27 September 2018, 4:23 pm

The Government's new digital procurement channel, Marketplace, is now open for business, with suppliers invited to register on its website.

The first channel is Public Cloud Services (Saas), and in…

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Fixing government IT procurement - Part II

Dave Lane. 26 September 2018, 5:00 am

Part II: A modest proposal

Having described a problem so pervasive in the status quo of government software procurement - which has led to a situation I have characterised, without hyperbole, as a…

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Fixing government IT procurement

Dave lane. 24 September 2018, 11:40 am

Today in New Zealand, local and central government procurement of IT services and software uses a model which, it is widely thought in the domestic IT industry, produces unsatisfactory results. Despit…

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Derek Handley: The CTO role

Derek Handley. 14 September 2018, 12:10 pm

The government's CTO role process has ground to a halt, but throughout it all, the man chosen for the role has been silent. Now, Derek Handley himself speaks out for the first time.

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 31 August 2018, 2:21 pm

There's really only one tech story of note this week - the rise and fall of the country's CTO, a role which hasn't even been filled yet.

The CTO role was initially mooted by Rod Drury who, presumab…

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Online voting back on the agenda

Sarah Putt. 30 August 2018, 5:15 pm

Nine councils are looking at providing online voting for the next local government elections. An advanced notice for a Request for Proposal for an online voting trial was issued via the government's p…

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Where to now for the CTO?

Paul Brislen. 27 August 2018, 7:12 am

The demotion of Clare Curran from Cabinet means the future of the search for the country's first Chief Technology Officer hangs in the balance. Where to now for the role that can't be fulfilled?

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Curran removed from Cabinet

Paul Brislen. 24 August 2018, 5:02 pm

Clare Curran has been removed from Cabinet following the disclosure of a second meeting that was not recorded in her diary - a meeting connected with the search for a CTO.

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 10 August 2018, 4:00 pm

In which we discuss free speech, the need to protect it and what is and isn't considered 'free speech'; why online elections create such a ruckus; and a new government marketplace to replace the panel…

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Aussie govt backs down over privacy concerns

Paul Brislen. 01 August 2018, 8:00 am

The Australian government has backed down over the launch of its controversial online health records project, MyHealth and a new clause will be added to legislation ensuring a higher level of privacy.

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E-commerce report says Kiwis spend $3.6 billion a year

Paul Brislen. 30 July 2018, 8:04 am

One and a half million New Zealanders shopped online in 2017, contributing $3.6 billion to a global industry that is growing far faster than its real world counterpart. E-commerce, it seems, is big bu…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 27 July 2018, 3:00 pm

Data centres. Big fat juicy data centres, serving up the world's content, from right here in New Zealand.

You need a few things to make that a reality. You need cheap and relatively green electrici…

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R&D spending already starting rise ahead of new regime

Paul Brislen. 24 July 2018, 7:24 am

New research suggests spending on research and development is already starting to rise ahead of next year's new R&D regime, but the driver isn't necessarily tax breaks - it's probably more to do with …

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 20 July 2018, 3:56 pm

There's a cycle that major brands go through that's often entertained me. They start off as the challenger. The new kid on the block. Hey look at us, they say, we're hip. We're trendy. We're on point.…

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Novopay gets the academic treatment

Sarah Putt. 19 July 2018, 4:39 pm

The Ministry of Education's payroll system Novopay has become a byword for troubled IT projects - it ran over budget, was poorly implemented, and caused huge disruption to the sector. Such was the int…

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New Macbook line-up

Paul Brislen. 17 July 2018, 6:20 am

Apple has unveiled a new line-up of MacBooks that the company says aren't related to solving problems with its revolutionary "butterfly" keyboard design, but early reviews suggest otherwise.

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