A new all-of-government office productivity software service will act as the third block in a suite of services that are designed to standardise ICT management in government agencies, help them work together and make them more effective, according to government CIO Colin MacDonald.

Office productivity as a service (OPaaS) will initially involve the supply of email and calendar services, including archiving and data loss prevention, to government agencies.

Datacom, the firm that has been awarded the contract to the service, will eventually roll out other services including file-sharing, mobility services, instant messaging and collaboration services.

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"OPaaS will be hosted in the cloud so agencies will always have access to the newest and most secure software without the need to manage these applications themselves. Agencies only pay for what they need, when they need it, without the need to own and maintain their own infrastructure. This saves money and frees agencies up to focus on creating the services customers want and expect," MacDonald said.

According to the government, the new service will complement the recently launched desktop as a service (DaaS) and enterprise content management as a service (ECMS). MacDonald stated that the products are in line with the goals of the Government ICT Strategy and Action Plan to 2017 announced a year ago.

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Internal Affairs worked with Department of Conservation, NZ Transport Agency, NZ Qualifications Authority and Ministry for Primary Industries to develop the OPaaS offering.

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