The Australian government has the potential to be one of the top three digital governments in the world, according to IBM Australia and New Zealand managing director David La Rose. That top three status, however, is through a partnership with Big Blue. “One thing that is constant in our lives, both professional and personal, is change,” he said, delivering the keynote address at IBM Think in Sydney on Wednesday. “IBM is also changing, and hopefully that’s starting to resonate with the way we’re showing up. We’re resetting relationships, expanding long-standing relationships to ensure that we can help you be the partner of choice and the trusted partner as you go through those challenges in your particular industry.” A good example of this, La Rose believes, is the billion-dollar deal it inked with the federal government last year. In July, the local arm of IBM was handed a AU$1 billion contract from the Australian government to be its whole-of-government technology partner, which meant all 17 departments — even those not incumbent to IBM — will be using Big Blue systems for the following five years. SEE ALSO: Department of Human Services is building a new private cloud “I think [this] really demonstrates the way we showed up differently, taking a relationship that has been going on for decades, but principally with four agencies, and expanding that to the full federal government … to really advance their digital footprint and to take Australia into one of the top three digital governments in… [Read full story]
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