Queensland Treasury

MOQdigital helps Queensland Treasury plan for the consolidation of Data Centres

Queensland Treasury adheres to a strict charter delivering financial services to the state’s elected Government. Their remit is to manage the state’s finances responsibly, ensure the taxation environment is competitive and that the state’s long term liabilities are fully funded.

The Queensland Treasury provides revenue management for the state’s A$12Bn finances and provides services to Government clients and statutory authorities.Queensland Treasury also provides granular analysis of financial data for stakeholders to ensure state taxpayers receive the best return on their investment.

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Needs

Queensland Treasury issued a tender to undertake detailed analysis of workloads and utilisation across their physical and virtual computing environments. A planned office relocation provided the ideal opportunity for an independent infrastructure review to investigate ways to improve efficiency and reduce operating costs.

The State Government had implemented a policy that reframed how Government agencies invest in and manage their ICT infrastructure based upon the principle of contestability, where the Government provides the best possible service levels at competitive market rates. The business case for operating their own Data Centres was proving difficult to support because of the plethora of alternative cloud based services available at a fraction of the cost of delivering the service internally.

 

Outcomes

MOQdigital undertook exhaustive analysis and solution modelling to provide a detailed report that met the brief as defined by Queensland Treasury. The tender specified that MOQdigital address a number of specific issues to provide insights into existing utilisation and formulate a cloud strategy with business cases that justified “as-a-Service” options.

The assessment identified the following outcomes:

  • MOQdigital’s independent review of infrastructure identified ways to massively reduce costs in specific operational processes
  • Rapid scalability will help Queensland Treasury deal with seasonal peaks and harness added processing capacity on demand
  • Auditing revealed that many functions can be delivered using lower cost public cloud without compromising security or operating flexibility
  • Implement the tools that can provide transparent reporting on cloud resource metrics.

The Solution

MOQdigital undertook exhaustive analysis and solution modelling to provide a detailed report that met the brief as defined by QT. The tender specified that MOQdigital address a number of specific issues to provide insights into existing utilisation and formulate a cloud strategy with business cases that justified “as-a-Service” options.

The assessment documentation comprised the following information:

  • Review and document current and future business needs
  • Provide granular analysis of compatible “as-a-Service” solution models that address risks, licensing, remediation and nominate typical operating costs
  • Make recommendations to address transition, change management, co-existence and high-level implementation.

To further broaden the report’s audience, an options paper was requested to provide further information to key stakeholders:

  • Executive synopsis and Background
  • Drivers for change
  • Cloud deployment model assessment
  • Description of whole of Government IaaS panel and objectives
  • Legislative restrictions (with QT) to provide legal oversight
  • Solution model benefits
  • Solution issues (including remediation activities)
  • Business and technical requirements
  • Licensing models
  • Costs for implementation and ongoing support costs
  • Maintenance and support – provided by internal and external resources
  • Change management
  • Solution model guidance and recommendations.

MOQdigital Expertise

Industry

  • Government

Solutions

  • Journey to the Cloud

Specialisation

  • Consulting