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Posted 24 October 2014 - 04:14 PM

Accenture is the same provider that http://www.acc.co.nz are in negotiations with.

How many others are seeking the tender?

How many of those are NZ based providers that would ensure more NZ based people are employed?

Of course having both http://www.acc.co.nz & IRD on the same system would make it easier to swap information about individuals.

Because Accenture are understood to be an Irish company does that mean NZ will be under Ireland's Laws in regards to privacy matters of our private information?

Bearing in mind systems can & do unfortunately get hacked, etc, from time to time?



IRD taps Accenture as preferred provider for IT re-design
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Article – BusinessDesk

http://business.scoo...r-it-re-design/

Oct. 10 (BusinessDesk) – The New Zealand Inland Revenue Department has named consultancy group Accenture as its preferred partner for the first stage of a complete overhaul of operations.
IRD taps Accenture as preferred provider for digital re-design, ahead of IT overhaul

By Suze Metherell

Oct. 10 (BusinessDesk) – The New Zealand Inland Revenue Department has named consultancy group Accenture as its preferred partner for the first stage of a complete overhaul of operations.

The international management and consultancy group is in negotiations to re-design the tax department’s digital services, the first stage in its complete transformation, IRD said in a statement. Accenture previously worked with the Australian Tax Office in 2003, to make the IRD’s trans-Tasman counterpart more efficient and save it A$150 million annually, according to the management company’s website.

The tax department is in the midst of overhauling the way it operates, including replacing ageing technology to protect its ability to collect tax, and could cost as much as $1.5 billion over 10 years. The four-stage programme will see the tax collector first upgrade its digital services, before progressing to streamline how income and business tax is paid, before moving to a more efficient social policy and finally delivering a more flexible and efficient revenue collection service.

“Our business transformation programme will reduce compliance, administration time and costs, deliver better services for our customers and make it easier for government to implement policy,” deputy commissioner Greg James said. “Accenture’s experience and knowledge will make an important contribution to the success of the business transformation plan.”

Last year the department entered an eight-year contract with Unisys New Zealand, the global information technology group, to supply mainframe services, which could see the company earn as much as $130 million.

IRD declined to say the value of the Accenture contract, as negotiations are underway.

(BusinessDesk)

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Posted 24 October 2014 - 04:20 PM


Go-live looms for postponed 'mainframe-as-a-service' tax platform


Summary: New Zealand's taxman will switch over to a mainframe service from Unisys in November.
Rob O’Neill

By Rob O’Neill | October 22, 2014 -- 00:42 GMT (11:42 AEST)


http://www.zdnet.com...orm-7000034933/

New Zealand's Inland Revenue Department
has had second thoughts about switching to a new mainframe platform in the middle of the peak tax season, and will now go live next month.

The tax office is essentially shifting to "mainframe as a service" under a NZ$130 million contract inked with Unisys late last year to support its core FIRST tax processing system, which has been heavily modified over 22 years of operation.
greg jamesGreg James, IRD's deputy commissioner of change.

"This service will provide Inland Revenue with the necessary continuity of core tax and social policy systems while we transform," the department said in its annual report, released last week.

"Our initial plan was that this would be operational before our 2013-14 peak season. We decided to reschedule this implementation until November 2014 to ensure successful implementation outside our peak period."

The old FIRST system will run in parallel with a NZ$1.5 billion transformation project, which Accenture is likely to lead after being named IRD's favoured supplier of design services earlier this month.

Exactly who will deliver the new software system for that transformation remains unclear, but IRD appears to be favouring commercial packages as an alternative to development.

"A separate part of our work has been investigating off-the-shelf commercial software options," it said in its report. "This helps us understand their capabilities before we start on our design phase. This work continues into 2015."

At the end of September, IRD asked for expressions of interest for its future software platform.

"We need experienced and qualified software providers who have implemented similar systems of this size," said Greg James, IRD's deputy commissioner of change.

"We want a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solution, as the technology is flexible and can respond to policy changes and new technologies."

James said a key objective is that processes and systems will be "simple at the front, smart at the back".

"Inland Revenue has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make tax easier for everyone, and selecting the best software experts is critical to the project's success," he said.

"We are not taking any chances when it comes to delivering the best tax system possible for New Zealand, and experience counts."

A full tender is planned for release to the shortlisted COTS providers in March or April 2015.

IRD also appointed on Wednesday a promised reference group to provide IT industry input into the transformation project. Myles Ward, chief technology officer at Inland Revenue, will chair the group alongside James.

"Inland Revenue is confident the group's members are a good representation of New Zealand's ICT sector and will be an excellent sounding board as we modernise every aspect of our tax system from business processes to customer services," said Ward.

The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Reference Group will meet quarterly with the first meeting next month.

Also in its annual report, IRD said it is taking advantage of all-of-government services rolled out through the government CIO's office and the Department of Internal Affairs. In particular, the department is using infrastructure as a service and storage as a service.

"We are simplifying our technology environment and taking advantage of externally provided common and repeatable services. We will continue to take advantage of these services where it makes sense to do so," it said.
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