The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) is to source a new service provider for its software management services.
The new provider, to be appointed before the current contract’s expiration date of June 2010, will help the PM&C manage its software and licence procurement and also supply the majority of the department’s software products and licences - excluding Microsoft products.
The deal will also cover software licensing advice and recommendations, and the creation of a centralised software asset register to record the PM&C’s software holdings, purchase history, license keys and invoices.
Software audits and compliance, licensing analysis and utilisation reporting is also another area of focus with the contract insisting on the availability of a web-based reports system offering details on maintained licences by department or agencies, licences by vendor and due software renewals.
The new service provider will also manage the relationship with software vendors and conduct licence negotiations on behalf of the PM&C.
In addition to the PM&C, the contract will also cover the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Old Parliament House, and the National Water Commission.
The PM&C has outsourced the management of the department’s software since 2005.