On behalf of the Commonwealth of Australia, the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) and IBM Australia have announced the signing of the Whole-of-Government Arrangement’s newest iteration wherein IBM Australia will continue to support the Australian government’s efforts to promote the rapid adoption of cutting-edge technology in order to improve the citizens of Australia’s access to government services.
All government agencies will continue to have access to IBM technology and benefit from the cost efficiencies delivered by the economies of scale incorporated into the new arrangement.
The new agreement will continue to give the major agencies that work with IBM—the Australian Taxation Office, Department of Defence, Department of Home Affairs, and Services Australia—autonomy to hasten the deployment of technology in line with their specific agency priorities and requirements.
IBM’s new arrangement has been created to fit the times we are currently living in, especially in light of the exceptional difficulties Australia has faced recently. Agility and flexibility are necessary for government agencies to embrace and scale up specific forms of technology as needed as they respond to emergent concerns.
This is made possible by IBM’s new arrangement, which gives organizations the freedom to adopt technology at their own speed and change the kinds of technology they use to better meet their needs in the future.
Moreover, government agencies will still have access to IBM’s full range of technological capabilities under the new agreement, including IBM Watson, which uses artificial intelligence to help automate operations, and IBM Cloud, which securely stores government data.
Government agencies will also have access to IBM’s sustainability software suite as part of a pilot program under our new arrangement, which will help them turn their sustainability ambitions into action through data-driven insights. Adopting sustainable practices is increasingly becoming a business imperative.
The agency’s technologists will also be able to investigate the potential applications of cutting-edge technology, such quantum computing, for Australians. Working with IBM on data protection and encryption will also be a part of the engagement in order to better protect against any cyber-security risks.
With the new agreement, all government agencies will be able to use IBM technology to further their goals for the digital transformation as of right away. In order to contribute to the development of an Australia that is more secure, innovative, sustainable, and skilled, IBM Australia looks forward to extending this partnership with the Australian Government.