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Accelerating the use and benefits of cloud for the New Zealand government

Due to the large scale investments made into digital infrastructure by major global software companies, hyperscale cloud providers will establish their services in New Zealand. These investments represent a ‘game-changer’ for the country’s digital maturity and potentially accelerate the use of cloud in government.

To support and guide these developments, the Digital Public Service (DPS) branch at the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) are working closely with partner functional leads to refine a programme of work to update policy and system settings for cloud technology. This will include new guidance for the use of cloud by government agencies.

Developing an all-of-government Cloud Centre of Excellence

The government’s cloud programme supports the public service to accelerate the use and benefits of cloud in line with government’s Cloud-First policy.

A focus for the next 24 months will be to establish an all-of-government Cloud Centre of Excellence, supporting agencies to successfully execute well-designed and governed cloud migrations. Currently the DPS branch is working actively with agencies to support their cloud adoption planning, and to foster collaboration on common cloud-related challenges.

Cloud programme partnerships

The programme also has a focus on engaging with cloud providers to refresh and continually improve New Zealand’s access to cloud services, while adjusting public service policies where needed and progressing a number of agreed ‘Lighthouse’ innovation partnerships.

These partnerships, early in their lifecycle, are in the areas of education, environment, business and land and will look to couple hyperscale cloud with advanced technologies to deliver solutions that have national impact.

To build further capability and capacity for these initiatives the DPS branch will be recruiting key positions for the programme.

Find out more

For more information about the programme email Adrienne Moor, Lead Government Cloud Programme:

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