Microsoft to lead QLD Government out of the dark ages

A MULTI-million deal with computer giants Microsoft will allow the Queensland Government to move out of the dark ages into the twenty-first century.

The new contract will see all government departments have access to state-of-the-art technologies which will allow for greater sharing and collaboration.

Information Technology Minister Ian Walker said on Thursday (April 10) the government negotiated a deal that will save $13.7 million over three years.

"It is another positive step towards simplifying IT services across government," he said.

"This is the first whole-of-government contract in Australia to provide the flexibility to move between computer and cloud-based software making the Queensland Government leaders in this area.

"It will improve the government's capabilities for us to engage with Queenslanders in new and innovative channels and offer more opportunities to local business and industry."

Microsoft state director Sharon Schoenborn said the capabilities included in the new partnership have the potential to see the Queensland Government become champions in the IT innovation space.

"Our new partnership with the Queensland Government is a great example of a government body responding to the new world of business and digital innovation by becoming more sophisticated users of modern technology," she said.

"This has the potential to see the Queensland Government transform their digital ecosystem and become leaders in the innovation space."