Microsoft Australia and the South Australian government have formed a $10.5 million, two-year partnership which includes the establishment of an innovation centre to research and develop software systems for state agencies.
The partnership also includes a two-year licensing agreement across 14,600 government agency desktops, incorporating Windows 2000, Office 2000 and 2000 series Back Office. Microsoft will operate the innovation centre, which will provide technical and research support for government agencies enabling them to improve services. SA Minister for the Information Economy, Michael Armitage, said the centre, which will open early next year, aims to improve government systems and play an important role for local developers. The agreement is endorsed by 38 SA government agencies including the Department of Primary Industries and Resources, Department of Transport, Urban Planning and the Arts.
Microsoft Australia managing director Paul Houghton said the company will work with its partners to create solutions that offer increased business value for the SA government. "We also aim to up-skill the government's workforce and local IT&T partners through user training and development on the Microsoft platform," he said.