Microsoft Australia inks new cloud deal with federal government

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Microsoft Australia inks new cloud deal with federal government

The federal government has renewed its deal with Microsoft to roll out Microsoft 365 to all government agencies at a cheaper price, helping to streamline cloud access.

The deal was negotiated through a new volume sourcing agreement with the Digital Transformation Agency, making the software suite available to 98 federal agencies on a “cost-effective basis” to help “open the door” to accelerated adoption of Microsoft Azure and Dynamics 365.

The vendor said its 10,000 local partners will be able to work with government agencies in a much simpler way, while ISVs also get streamlined access to Microsoft platforms to develop and deploy software solutions.

The licensing agreement will be managed by Data#3 with partners including DQA, oobe and Veritec among those expected to assist with delivery.

DQA chief technology officer Jean-Pierre Simonis said the agreement is “a great catalyst for our customers to move to the cloud”.

“It simplifies everything from a procurement perspective and more importantly allows them to modernise and transition legacy technologies to allow departments to be more effective and efficient in the secure delivery and support of their services,” Simonis said.

The Australian government is aiming to be one of the world’s top three digital governments by 2025. The agreement will also “create new opportunities” for digital skills development, inclusive workplaces and Microsoft partners working with the Australian government.

“We are proud to have been a strategic partner of the Australian Government for many years, and I deeply appreciate the continued trust that this latest agreement signals,” Microsoft Australia managing director Steven Worrall said.

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