Government Procurement - Let's Shake It Up A Bit

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My take on shaking up the process of Government procurement to assist in the growth and development of the local ICT industry

My take on shaking up the process of Government procurement to assist in the growth and development of the local ICT industry

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  • 1. Government  Procurement – Let's  Shake It Up A Little
  • 2. Meet The Average Australian ICT  Business ● Average Australian ICT business is either Micro or Small (less than 20 employees) ● Delivers world class services and products ● Is constantly seeking growth and developing new products Government Procurement – Lets shake it up a little
  • 3. Australian ICT Meets Government  Work ● For most ICT businesses, this is how Government Procurement appears Government Procurement – Lets shake it up a little
  • 4. Not Invented Here ● Bias towards tech and providers from outside ● Local ICT view the only valid path is overseas ● We lose opportunity and talent ● The perceived view is of Australia as an incubator but not as a mature market source Government Procurement – Lets shake it up a little
  • 5. The Emperors New Procurement ● Make the process as open as possible ● Release as much information about the tender as possible ● Strip out the commercial in confidence information and release tenders Government Procurement – Lets shake it up a little
  • 6. Niche Job Market Place ● Micro to Small ICT businesses stay away from Government work ● Tendering process viewed as cumbersome and geared towards bigger providers ● Not every job requires a multi-national ● For jobs under $50,000 list them via Niche Job Market Place ● Use completely transparent tendering rules Government Procurement – Lets shake it up a little
  • 7. It's Open Standards People ● Make Open Standards support a standard Tender requirement ● Open Standards encourages the development o f the local industry ● Open Standards allows for more cost effective software management via easier transitions ● Encourage development within Government Agencies and Departments Government Procurement – Lets shake it up a little
  • 8. The G Prize ● Tender Process isn't the only way to do it ● Why not launch a competition? ● Competitions allow the developers more freedom to explore and innovate ● Government ends up with a new tool for their work ● Developer gains kudos and recognition as well as prize Government Procurement – Lets shake it up a little
  • 9. Apps For America ● Annual competition run by Sunlight labs ● Aim to create new apps for the Gov2.0 sphere ● This year is partnering with Data.gov ● http://sunlightlabs.com/contests/appsforamerica2/ Government Procurement – Lets shake it up a little
  • 10. GovSource ● Setup a repository of Government owned and developed software ● Release said software (as much as possible) under an Open Source License ● Benefits: ● Possible outside contributions to better software ● Pool of potential support and development grows Government Procurement – Lets shake it up a little
  • 11. Culture Change ● Australian Business and Government Culture needs to change ● ICT innovation can and is being done in Australia – Up to a point, then we're forced OS ● We need to get better at retaining the brains and the businesses ● Silicon Valley is nice and all but I'd prefer Silicon Beach Government Procurement – Lets shake it up a little
  • 12. Final Thoughts ● Stop thinking of Australia as an incubator only ● Where all things are equal procure locally ● Australian ICT scene is truly world class, we're doing some very very cool stuff, take advantage of it before someone else does ● Cliché time: Think outside the box, break out of the tender framework and try something new Government Procurement – Lets shake it up a little
  • 13. Collaborynth Mobile: +61 406 576 553 Email: james@collaborynth.com.au Skype: purserj1977 Gtalk: jamesrpurser@gmail.com Twitter: @purserj Government Procurement – Lets shake it up a little
  • 14. Collaborynth Mobile: +61 406 576 553 Email: james@collaborynth.com.au Skype: purserj1977 Gtalk: jamesrpurser@gmail.com OOOG – Open Source, Open Standards, Open Government
  • 15. Collaborynth Mobile: +61 406 576 553 Email: james@collaborynth.com.au Skype: purserj1977 Gtalk: jamesrpurser@gmail.com OOOG – Open Source, Open Standards, Open Government