Skip links and keyboard navigation

    Media Statements

    Coat of ArmsMedia Release
    Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts
    The Honourable Ian Walker

    New Microsoft deal delivers $13.7million in savings

    Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts
    The Honourable Ian Walker

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

    New Microsoft deal delivers $13.7million in savings

    The Queensland Government has sealed a deal with Microsoft that will revitalise digital services and deliver millions of dollars in savings for Queenslanders.

    Minister for Information Technology Ian Walker said by taking a new approach to IT services the government negotiated a deal that will save $13.7 million over three years.

    “Not only are we saving the taxpayers of Queensland millions of dollars, it’s another positive step towards simplifying IT services across government,” Mr Walker said.

    “Under the previous government, government IT services were cumbersome and delivered little value-for-money.

    “This is the first whole-of-government contract in Australia to provide the flexibility to move between computer and cloud-based software, making the Queensland Government leaders in this area.

    “This new contract means that for the first time all government departments will have access to the same technologies, allowing for greater sharing and collaboration.

    “Access to the most up-to-date IT services and world class innovations will further boost the services Queenslanders receive and help reach our goal of having the best public service in Australia.

    “We are moving from a government owned and operated model to one that uses world-class solutions to deliver flexibility that drive innovation and transformation.

    “This is a great example of the government continuing to lower costs through effective partnering with non-government and industry providers.

    “It will improve the government’s capabilities for us to engage with Queenslanders in new and innovative channels and offer more opportunities to local business and industry.”

    Microsoft State Director Sharon Schoenborn said the capabilities included in the new partnership have the potential to see the Queensland Government become champions in the IT innovation space.

    “Our new partnership with the Queensland Government is a great example of a government body responding to the new world of business and digital innovation by becoming more sophisticated users of modern technology,” Ms Schoenborn said.

    “This has the potential to see the Queensland Government transform their digital ecosystem and become leaders in the innovation space.”

    [ENDS] 10 April 2014

    Media Contact: Alexandria Bernard   0417 252 563