NSW parliament to ditch Lotus Notes

Budget also allocates $23 million for strategic whole-of-government ICT projects, including data centre reform

The New South Wales legislature will ditch Lotus Notes state budget papers released today reveal. The 2014-15 state budget sets aside $1.8 million over the next year to begin to replace the parliament’s “Lotus Notes/Domino infrastructure achieving efficiency and productivity gains”.

The budget also includes $23 million on strategic whole-of-government ICT projects government, including data centre reform and government licensing.

NSW Minister for Finance and Services, Dominic Perrottet, also announced $148 million for spending on shared services for the government including ICT, as well as procurement, fleet, HR, finance and business services.

“Key areas of funding for the Office of Finance and Services for 2014-15 include strengthening collection of state revenue and debt recovery efforts, greater development of spatial data and mapping capabilities, and reforms to procurement and management of fleet vehicles, information and communications technology and other services,” the minister said in a statement.

The budget also included $22 million for digitisation projects by State Records Authority NSW which “help to make the vast collection more accessible [and] preserve our state’s history for future generations to enjoy,” Perrottet said.

Other ICT spending in the budget included $3 million for the Audit Office of New South Wales to upgrade IT systems, $2.7 million for upgrading the Environment Protection Authority IT systems including “enhancing online licensing and mobile workforce capabiliy”, and funding for Treasury’s multi-year Financial Management Transformation (FMT) Program.

In the budget the NSW Department of Police and Justice received $81.9 million over the next four years for videoconferencing and ICT upgrades.

$83 million was set aside from the capital works program for "e-Health/improved ICT support for patient care (including funding to ensure rural hospitals/healthfacilities have sufficient network capacity to access electronic patient data; funding to upgrade ICT systems; funding to deliver the second stage ofthe HealtheNet project to design and begin development of an integrated care portal for doctors, patients and other providers," a statement from the office of the health minister, Jillian Skinner, said.

A four year program Department of Family and Community Services called Safe Home for Life will include spending $100 million on IT, including steps to improve mobility of caseworkers and increase sharing of information between DFCS and non-government organisations.

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7 Comments

Maciej

1

Yes, and what are they going to replace Notes/Domino with ?

Rohan

Staff

2

Hi Maciej,
It's not listed in the budget papers but I'm following up.
cheers,
Rohan

giuliocc

3

LOL. i like how you've singled out Lotus Notes in the title for a $23M upgrade which is a miniscule cost vs other projects in the upgrade... Some good'ol Lotus Notes prejudice I suspect ??? Dude.. let it go..

Rohan

Staff

4

@giuliocc I can only assume you have never had to live with Lotus Notes...

Rohan

Staff

5

@giuliocc or if you did your experience was obviously less painful than mine!

giuliocc

6

I have used Notes for many years. It's by far a superior email client to Outlook when you look at it on a feature by feature basis, and even look at usability. BTW Parliament only recently dumped Groupwise, why not put that in the title ?

What was the version you were last using ? R6 ? R5 ? If so, you're making a judgement NOW on 10 or 15 year old software. How good was outlook/exchange 10 years ago ? Apples and Oranges..

I can see the experience scarred you deeply then and you've "carried the can" on this for many years, despite never looking back into it... IBM take some of the blame for grossly mishandling the product releases in years gone by. But, they've cleaned it up and it's well suited to those who want to engage with social media through the workplace.

Dare I say it would be well suited to those who work in media like yourself. You just need a competently installed and managed server, and you can even use a web-only client, if the thought of using a Notes client again makes you hyperventilate.

But I know I may be wasting oxygen on this when discussing this with the local media. So far, you're consistent with others who maintain a level of prejudice for years without seeing what the most recent release can do and seem happy to carry those perceptions and prejudices indefinitely.... Carrying that dislike (hatred ?) for years must be exhausting. But I'm happy for you to prove me wrong.

Rohan

Staff

7

@giuliocc I'm not sure which version it was - slack I know, but it was circa 2008/09. FWIW I am not fond of Outlook either. We switched to Gmail and Google Apps here a while back and haven't looked back since..

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