Exciting news (for me anyway)! Last Friday, November 1 2013, the New Zealand Government Chief Information Officer (Colin MacDonald, Chief Executive of the Department of Internal Affairs) announced that the New Zealand government had negotiated contracts for the supply of Desktop as a Service (DaaS).
The service provides both virtual desktops (hosted and managed by vendors) and management of traditional desktops, along with application packaging and delivery services.
To quote the press release:
Agencies can focus on creating more services that customers want and expect, rather than having to worry about owning, operating and maintaining large amounts of ICT infrastructure
As lead architect on the DaaS procurement, this is something I’m very proud of, and am excited to see made available. While it won’t massively change the world, I hope that it will contribute to making New Zealand government departments more efficient and effective.