Dallas Stower, Partners in Technology briefing 23 05-14

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Dallas Stower, Assistant Director-General, Strategic ICT, DSITIA provided an overview of the new SME policy and how this can increase opportunities for SME’s in securing more ICT business with the Qld Government.

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Dallas Stower, Partners in Technology briefing 23 05-14

  1. 1. Small to Medium sized enterprises (SME) Dallas Stower Assistant Director-General, Strategic ICT
  2. 2. Agenda • Overview of the ICT SME Participation Policy • Why SMEs are important • Future opportunities • Case Studies of how Queensland Government are engaging SMEs – David O’Hagan – Parents portal initiative – Fiona Armstrong – One-Stop Shop program – Linda Worthington – ICT Services Panel • Q&A
  3. 3. Overview • Why? – The ICT SME Participation Scheme was introduced to assist SMEs gain greater access to the Queensland Government ICT market. • Who? – The scheme applies the Australian Bureau of Statistics definition for the upper limit for a SME. “This is defined as any business employing less than 200 people”. • How? – At least 2 SME’s should be approached for procurement up to $150k. – SMEs receive a 10% weighting in the evaluation of ITOs for procurement over $150k.
  4. 4. Why SMEs are important Driving better value for money •Innovation •Flexibility •Customer service •Industry development •Increased local competition •Developing local skills and growing local economy •Support regionalisation
  5. 5. Challenges • Current SME participation level needs to be greater • Accuracy of Whole-of-Government reporting on SME participation needs improvement – QTender – Departments – ICT Services Panel
  6. 6. • Queensland Government ICT strategy 2013-17 and associated action plan • Key enablers to increase opportunities for SMEs include: – At least one responding SME capable of delivering will automatically be short listed in the evaluation of ICT offers – Short Form contracts up to $1 million in value – Innovative solutions up to $500,000 incentive How things are changing
  7. 7. Innovative solutions incentive Government can directly engage 1 SME in the provision of innovative solutions up to $500,000 •What is innovation? •Creating opportunities for innovation, partnerships and diversity in the supply market •Quarterly reporting on innovation incentive •Innovation Portal is coming
  8. 8. What we are doing • Marketing the new policy – Departmental workshops – Industry forum • Minister’s SME Thought Lab • Easier identification of SMEs across Government – Queensland ICT Directory – ICT Services Panel – Vendor management tools to share good news stories
  9. 9. Future Opportunities • Streamlining and standardising the procurement of ICT services • Modernising procurement to be more commercially aligned
  10. 10. Copyright © The State of Queensland (Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts) 2013 The presenter is the author and that the State of Queensland is copyright owner and/or has the right to licence the content. Except where otherwise noted, this work is licensed under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/au/

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