AWS has entered into an All-of-Government supplier agreement with the New Zealand government, as the Department of Internal Affairs secured the deal with the cloud provider.
One that will see Amazon Web Services help agencies accelerate the adoption of public cloud services in the country.
That said, agencies are not mandated to use the agreement that covers services offered from the Sydney AWS datacenter, but according to the DIA, the simplified contractual processes will save those who do, both time and resources.
Tim Occleshaw, the Government Chief Technology Officer, spoke on the occasion:
“This agreement is further recognition of New Zealand’s leadership in digital government. It is a valuable addition to our portfolio of commercial arrangements with local and international suppliers.
This agreement supports agencies as they use public cloud services to enhance customer experience, streamline operations, and create new delivery models. More broadly, it supports the creation of a digital ecosystem as we continue to reinvent the way citizens interact with government.”
The cloud framework agreement essentially leverages the scale of the New Zealand government as a single customer, and is part of the government’s Cloud First policy that requires agencies to adopt cloud services in preference to traditional IT systems.
With the notion being that cloud based services are not only more cost effective and agile, but also provide greater choice, and are generally more secure.
For AWS, this is one of the first such pan-government supplier agreements it has entered globally.