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Australian government offers $198.7 million US upgrade to Bureau IT

The Australian Government has offered a $198.7 million US to the Australian Bureau of Statistics to upgrade 30-year old IT infrastructure
By: Chris Smith | Business, Financial & Legal News | Posted: May 7, 2015 2:19 pm

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has been granted a massive $198.7 million US ($250m AUD) budget in order to upgrade its out of date IT services.




This is noted as an answer to the ABS desperately searching for IT upgrades of their old architecture, with manager Jonathan Palmer stating in their last annual report that "the age, fragility, and inflexibility of our systems continues to be a concern," adding "we need to update and transform our business processes if we are to continue to provide timely, relevant and accessible statistics and services in an increasingly complex and connected digital world."


Some of the systems in place at the ABS are reportedly over 30 years old as this upgrade is a much needed helping hand for a division based mainly around technology.


Part of their upgrade will involve Citrix XenDesktops and Microsoft HyperV- virtual desktop replacements alongside improvements to their bookkeeping systems and data storage.


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