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The Australian government has inked a new sourcing agreement with Rimini Street to make it easier and cheaper for government agencies to access third-party software support for major software products.
Rimini Street, a third-party supplier of support services for enterprise software, already works with a number of government agencies in Australia, including the New South Wales department of family and community services, and the Victorian government’s department of economic development, jobs, transport and resources, among others.
Randall Brugeaud, CEO of the Australian government’s Digital Transformation Agency, said the agreement with Rimini Street is part of efforts to “expand whole-of-government volume sourcing agreements to ensure that agencies have ready access to the best pricing, terms and conditions that leverage the buying power of government”.
“Government agencies of all sizes now have easier access to an affordable alternative for their enterprise software maintenance and more options to consider in support of the GovERP initiative,” said Emmanuelle Hose, regional general manager for Australia and New Zealand at Rimini Street.
“This agreement provides an opportunity for government organisations to take back control of their IT roadmaps and drive innovation while lowering costs.”
Rimini Street said in January 2019 that Australian agencies have realised savings of up to 90% on total maintenance costs in an earlier deal with over 10 Australian federal and state governments to support their SAP and Oracle software.
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The latest contract comes on the back of plans by the Australian government’s finance department to use SAP S/4 Hana as its enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to provide core transactional services to government departments through a shared services programme.
The first tranche of the programme will prototype a foundation ERP platform for trialling across internal service providers grouped into provider hubs that already operate an SAP-based ERP system.