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 10 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 data processing facilities, infrastructure and operations to improve service efficiency.
- The Centralised Processing Project will consolidate more than 200+ Department of Defence data centres to fewer than ten domestic and three international facilities.
- The Project will create a single, integrated management approach and its supporting infrastructure, to deliver ICT processing services to the Australian Defence Organisation.
Why Centralised Processing?
- Within the Defence Information Environment, centralised processing aims to improve the overall effectiveness and efficiency of ICT services, disaster recovery, and the certainty of service continuity to the Australian Defence Organisation and its people.
- By consolidating the existing data centre infrastructure and services, 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 have shortlisted to three respondents: IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Lockheed Martin. The CP Services RFT closed in January 2013 and evaluation of Tenders was completed.
Defence has 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) to proceed to the next phase of CP Services RFT parallel negotiations with Defence.
Industry queries may be directed to the representatives of the shortlisted respondents, as seen below:
IBM - Peter R Hewat
Business Development Executive/Client Solution Executive
Mobile: (+61) 0407 099 750
Lockheed Martin - Hans Tench
Business Development Director South Asia
Office: (+61) 02 6269 0406
Mobile: (+61) 0438 416 151
- Contract Award is currently scheduled for the third Quarter (Q3) 2014 after the Government Second-Pass Approval process in the second Quarter (Q2) 2014.
- Preferred Tenderer is expected to be announced in the first Quarter (Q1) 2014.
- Downselect on 24 September 2013 to IBM and Lockheed Martin.
- Request for Tender closed on 18 January 2013, with submissions received from IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Lockheed Martin.
- Request for Tender (RFT) was released on 28 September 2012 to the shortlisted respondents: IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Lockheed Martin.
- Industry Briefing was held on 1 September 2011; providing information on the CP Project to industry and the public.
- 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.
Contacting the Centralised Processing Project:
All enquiries with regards to the CP Project should be made in writing via the group email address: firstname.lastname@example.org