South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill today officially released the state government\u2019s strategy position paper, SA Connected, which sets out its plans to shorten project times and improve service delivery.\n\u201cFrom now on, we\u2019re not going to start up any more big \u2018ICT\u2019 projects," the draft position paper reads.\n"We\u2019re only going to have service\/information\/productivity improvement projects. Projects will be shorter, typically 90 days at most, and they will be planned and delivered by multidisciplinary teams, not just IT.\u201d\nThe paper outlines the need to shorten huge drawn-out projects to help quicken service delivery and to spread projects across multidisciplinary teams, so that they are not too technology-focused.\n\u201cIn the future, projects will be designed, from the outset, by multidisciplinary teams to ensure that people and process issues are given at least as much attention as technology issues,\u201d the paper said.\nThe SA government plans to change its \u201cbig project\u201d approach by prototyping small \u201cchunks\u201d of projects and scaling them up once they are proven to work.\nICT innovation is a key part in the strategy, with the establishment of a \u2018Co-design Interchange\u2019, which will see the SA government working more closely with the industry to solve problems and utilise new technologies, \u2018SenSA\u2019 which will see more data analysis and \u2018DemoLab\u2019, which will facilitate collaborate through a virtual laboratory.\nThe SA government will also \u201cprogressively integrate ICT\u201d governance and gradually phase out legacy systems.\n\u201cRipping out and replacing systems may seem like a straightforward and strategic response to dealing with so called \u2018legacy\u2019 systems. In fact, history teaches us that we may be just creating a legacy for the next generation to worry about,\u201d the strategy document reads.\n\u201cOver time, data and processes can be progressively shifted to newer, more efficient platforms, an approach which essentially sees legacy systems atrophying, eventually being phased out.\u201d\nSharing of resources and services is also on the SA government\u2019s agenda for ICT. The strategy document said government agencies will be made to partner with other agencies with similar needs when acquiring new technologies, instead of competing against each other for budget.\nThe strategy document highlighted some of the SA government\u2019s services projects it is working on. These include: real-time passenger information for Adelaide Metro that will be provided early this year, high speed connectivity and real-time access to information for all ambulance vehicles in South Australia and a state wide electronic health record.\nIn February this year, the Victorian Coalition government released its ICT strategy, which it claims will result in a 15 per cent cost reduction in the state\u2019s annual $1.5 billion technology spend by the end of next year.