Chief Information Officer Group
Centralised Processing Project
The Defence Strategic Reform Program (SRP), which commenced in 2009, aims to deliver gross savings of $20b over ten years. Of this, $1.9b is to be delivered through Defence Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Reform.
The Centralised Processing (CP) Project is part of this suite of ICT reforms. The primary objective of the CP Project is to establish a single, integrated capability for the management and provision of data centre facilities, infrastructure and services at the Unclassified, Restricted and Secret information security domain levels.
What is Centralised Processing?
- Centralised Processing refers to the consolidation of Defence’s infrastructure and applications to improve service efficiency.
- The Centralised Processing Project will consolidate Defence’s infrastructure and applications from within 280 data centres to 11 domestically and three internationally (at the Unclassified, Restricted and Secret security domains).
- The Project will create a single, integrated management approach and its supporting infrastructure, to deliver ICT processing services to Defence.
Why Centralised Processing?
- Within the Defence Single Information Environment, Centralised Processing aims to improve the overall effectiveness and efficiency of ICT services, disaster recovery, and the certainty of service continuity to Defence and its people.
- By consolidating Defence’s infrastructure and applications, Defence can deliver more resilient, scalable ICT facilities, reducing duplication and delivering significant savings.
- The new Centralised Processing capability will also reduce implementation time and cost of service, and will improve system availability, agility, responsiveness, reliability and security.
- The CP Project is following the Australian Government's Gateway Review Process and the ICT Two Pass Review Process for major ICT enabled projects.
- Project activity is further guided by the Department of Finance and Deregulation's Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) policies and standards, which apply to Whole of Government ICT Procurement.
- The CP Project is one of the first projects within Defence to use the evolving Australian Defence Architecture Framework, Version 2 (AusDAFv2) to develop and generate Defence architecture products for common, operational, system, technical and data views. These products will be incorporated into an Operational Concept Document (OCD) for the CP Project.
Industry and Acquisition Approach
On 28 September 2012, Defence released a Request for Tender (RFT) for the provision of Centralised Processing Services and shortlisted to three respondents: IBM, Hewlett Packard, and Lockheed Martin Australia. The CP Services RFT closed in January 2013 and evaluation of Tenders was completed in July 2013.
Defence proceeded into parallel negotiations with all three Tenderers in August 2013.
On 24 September 2013, Defence undertook a further downselect of tenderers (IBM and Lockheed Martin Australia) to proceed to the next phase of parallel negotiations.
On 1 May 2014, Defence announced Lockheed Martin Australia as the CP Project Preferred Tenderer.
- Contract Award is currently scheduled for the third Quarter (Q3) 2014, subject to Government Second Pass approval.
- Preferred Tenderer announced as Lockheed Martin on 1 May 2014.
- Downselect on 24 September 2013 to IBM and Lockheed Martin Australia.
- Request for Tender closed on 18 January 2013, with submissions received from IBM, Hewlett Packard and Lockheed Martin Australia.
- Request for Tender (RFT) was released on 28 September 2012 to three shortlisted respondents: IBM, Hewlett Packard and Lockheed Martin.
- Invitation to Register (ITR) closed on 26 September 2011. The ITR, released through AusTender, invited expressions of interest from industry to outline their capacity and capability to deliver Centralised Processing services.
- Industry Briefing was held on 1 September 2011; providing information on the CP Project to industry and the public.
Contacting the Centralised Processing Project:
All enquiries with regards to the CP Project should be made in writing via the group email address: email@example.com