It will enable future policy changes to be delivered in a more cost-effective and timely manner. Katrina Casey, Ministry of Education
The Ministry of Education is working with Unisys to design and support a new digital Education Resourcing System (ERS).
The ERS aims to deliver funds more efficiently for early childhood, primary and secondary school education providers.
Katrina Casey, deputy secretary for sector enablement and support at the Ministry of Education, says the new system will modernise and improve resourcing processes within the ministry and throughout the wider education sector.
“It’ll also enable future policy changes to be delivered in a more cost-effective and timely manner,” says Casey, in a statement.
“We’ll be working with the sector over the coming years as we’re committed to ensuring the system works for all users.”
The Ministry’s move to APaaS is in line with the New Zealand Government’s measures to accelerate the adoption of public cloud services by government agencies.
We’ll be working with the sector over the coming years as we’re committed to ensuring the system works for all users. Katrina Casey, Ministry of Education
Unisys will replace the manual, paper-based system with a cloud-based system that provides an online digital services channel and streamlined automated workflow to enable the efficient delivery of funding for schools and early learning providers.
The new system will offer the ministry greater flexibility to enact policy changes more rapidly, model the effects of proposed changes and provide greater policy insights, says Unisys, in a statement.
The 10-year digital transformation engagement covers the design, development and support of the system, which will be delivered via an application-platform-as-a-service (APaaS) model.
The system has been developed and will be deployed using the Microsoft Azure App Service and the Oracle Policy Automation Cloud Service, each of which will be delivered from Australia.
Unisys and the Ministry of Education will work as a joint team using Agile and DevOps methodologies. The team will be co-located at the ministry’s offices to drive collaboration and respond quickly to changes.
“We look forward to helping to digitally transform the New Zealand Ministry of Education’s resourcing system so it can take advantage of best-of-breed digital and cloud-based technologies toward this end,” says Lysandra Schmutter, vice president public sector, Unisys Asia Pacific.
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