Tasmania to transition seven agencies to the cloud

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Monday, 09 November, 2020

Tasmania to transition seven agencies to the cloud

The Tasmanian Government has commenced the process of transitioning seven state government departments to the cloud, as part of its ‘Our Digital Future’ digital transformation initiative.

The seven departments, including the Department of Premier and Cabinet, will transition to the cloud platform provided by TechnologyOne.

TechnologyOne is the only global enterprise software company to achieve an Information Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP) assessment, meeting the standards required to host classified data up to the Protected Level.

“Transitioning seven government departments to the cloud will provide a foundation for us to emerge from COVID-19 stronger and will improve the resilience and safety of government-held data and our cybersecurity footing,” Tasmanian Minister for Science and Technology Michael Ferguson said.

“Our Digital Future sets a clear agenda for whole-of-government digital transformation and more strategic use of technology including cloud services. I’m pleased to see departments realise these opportunities and embrace the future so quickly.”

TechnologyOne CEO Ed Chung said he expects all seven Tasmanian agencies to be on the cloud by 2022.

“As an Australian company we are in a unique and trusted position to work in partnership with state, federal and local government agencies as they increase the digital services they provide on behalf of their communities,” he said.

“COVID-19 has seen a renewed driver for all governments to embrace Software as a Service (SaaS) — not only to support remote work, but also because it provides peace of mind. This is an historic move for Tasmania, and TechnologyOne is proud to be part of it.”

The other government agencies transitioning to the cloud will be the Department of Treasury and Finance; the Department of Education; the Department of State Growth; the Department of Primary Industries Parks, Water and Environment; the Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management; and the Department of Justice.

Meanwhile the Tasmanian police force will benefit from a further investment in Project Unify — an initiative designed to deliver an integrated and sophisticated operational information system for Tasmania Police.

The government has committed to allocating $46 million in the next state Budget for the next stage in the project, which will in part involve delivering an online crime reporting function where members of the public can use an online portal to report certain categories of crime.

Other functionality will be introduced across a range of operational areas including property management, family violence and crime management.

The first stage of Project Unify was completed in late 2019 using the initial $13.1 million allocated in the 2017–18 Budget.

This stage involved delivering a new system called ‘Atlas’, designed to provide police with improved access to criminal intelligence; the introduction of an integrated search application known as ‘Compass’; and the development of a new approach to the management of warrants, missing persons and searches.

Image credit: ©stock.adobe.com/au/Michael Evans

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