The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) will establish a Software Reseller Services panel aimed at creating a more effective way of procuring licenses and maintenance for its commercial software.
According to DEEWR, the provision of commercial off the shelf software products and related services are provided through multiple contractors, but not through a designated reseller relationship.
Establishing a panel of providers as an alternate approach would ease software licence management, as well as provide a more cost-effective way of purchasing software products, support and maintenance.
It would also help the DEEWR meet immediate requirements to upgrade and consolidate the Department’s Symantec Control Compliance Suite products under a multi-year agreement, and its Adobe product suite under a new Cumulative Licensing Program (CLP) deal.
The DEEWR IT environment has more than 2,000 physical and virtual servers – largely Microsoft-based – as well as via an IBM Z series mainframe supporting more than 7,500 internal and around 20,000 external users.
DEEWR’s gateway comprises approximately 100 servers, both Windows and Unix based. Its desktop environment is almost exclusively Microsoft Windows.
In February DEEWR said it was going to form an Applied ICT in Education Panel to support the development, implementation and evaluation of initiatives that support the use of ICT in education.
During the same month it also said it would spend up to $70 million over the next three years implementing the Vocational Education Broadband Network (VEN).