Wellington company wins contract to build single web platform for govt agencies

News from NZ Government
Wellington company SilverStripe has secured the contract for a single web platform for government agencies.

“A web platform is the underlying system which allows an agency to create and deliver high quality websites for New Zealanders. Creating a single web platform is part of the Government’s better public services initiative and will bring savings to taxpayers,” says Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain.

“Having one common platform will enable government departments to share and reuse website features. This will improve consistency, efficiency and lower costs.

“This common capability shows potential savings of $50,000 per web project procurement. On its own it’s not a big amount but when spread over the whole of government we’re looking at estimated savings of over $500,000 per year.

“It’s great news that an integral part of the Government Common Web services initiative has gone to a New Zealand company. Another New Zealand company, Revera, will manage technical infrastructure, using the Government’s Infrastructure as a Service.”

Huge coup for local firm

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown has hailed local software developer SilverStripe’s securing of the Government’s contract for the common web platform as a great achievement for Wellington business.

“It’s excellent that a Wellington company has won this contract and I applaud SilverStripe’s success,” says Mayor Wade-Brown. “It’s critical for Wellington’s economy that we see more successes like this, with local companies fulfilling significant national contracts. Promotion of these businesses success is a strong part of Wellington’s Digital Strategy. Expanding creative digital companies will lead the high-value weightless exports of the future. They thrive in our vibrant compact capital and give us a huge economic opportunity.”

Mayor Wade-Brown quotes Sir Tim Berners-Lee on his recent Wellington visit, ”open markets work better on open platforms”.

A decade ago SilverStripe became a member of Wellington’s Creative HQ business incubator.

“Silverstripe emerged from Creative HQ which is a key component of the region’s Economic Development Strategy, and is another success in the digital realm for our Smart Capital,” says Jo Coughlan, Economy Portfolio Leader.

SilverStripe developed the SilverStripe open source CMS. With this system, they build websites and applications for government organisations, businesses and non-profit organisations in New Zealand and Australia.

Another New Zealand company, Revera, with its Head Office in Wellington, is working with SilverStripe to provide the platform.

The software platform is managed by SilverStripe and supported and used by a large international community. The CMS has been downloaded more than 520,000 times and counts about 5,500 active members from around the world.

“Wellington is the IT and digital capital of New Zealand and it’s great to see the Government showing confidence in our companies. We are able to compete with the best in the world,” says Cr Coughlan. “Whilst we have a world class public service, SilverStripe’s success is example of another world class businesses operating from Wellington. Our Economic Development strategy aims for 10,000 jobs for Wellington – this is another progressive step. Wellington is open for business,” she says.

Wellington City Council also has a good reputation for making its civic data freely available, resulting in new applications such as WatchMyStreet.

http://www.wellington.govt.nz/plans/strategies/pdfs/digital-strategy.pdf

or http://www.wellington.govt.nz/plans/strategies/pdfs/digital-strategy.rtf
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