Tuesday , September 25 2018

Treasury’s Microsoft deal to contribute to ‘fiscal stability’

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Johannesburg:  A new software deal between National Treasury and Microsoft could see government making “significant savings” to the national fiscus.

Treasury issued an announcement on Sunday, indicating that the contract between the 2 parties as well as the State Information Technology Agency (Sita) is for government-wide software licenses and services.  The Microsoft product and services will be used within all ranges of government.

This is part of an effort by the ministry of finance, Treasury and the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO) to contrivance “greater efficiencies” in government procurement’s.

“The OCPO (Office of the Chief Procurement Officer) has been in dialogs with the Top hundred suppliers to government, with a view to effect savings and improve supply,” indicated Treasury. “Microsoft is one of the 1st vendors to actively team up with the government of South Africa in finding ways of optimizing government ICT spend and maximize the return on its investment.”

The savings from this partnership will contribute towards “fiscal stability” specified Treasury.

“We are proud to upkeep the efforts of the minister of finance and the Treasury to restore the health of South Africa’s fiscus and contribute to a positive credit rating,” stated Niral Patel, head of public sector for Microsoft South Africa.

In a joint statement, Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) Kenneth Brown and Dr Setumo Mohapi, CEO of SITA, stated the partnership would provide “innovative and unconventional solutions” for government’s “complex and diverse” necessities.

Amid the benefits of the agreement include special pricing on Microsoft licenses and services. Smaller government bodies can now have full access to Microsoft products and services. Government will also have access to Microsoft’s “top technical skills”, at reduced rates. Structures of state can also make use of hybrid or cloud licensing solutions.

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