COTS category added to Software Licensing Panel

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Wednesday, 20 March, 2019

COTS category added to Software Licensing Panel

The Digital Transformation Agency has released a new category on its software licensing procurement panel covering commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) software.

The new category of the Whole of Australian Government Software Licenses and Services Panel will allow agencies to buy a range of COTS software and associated services.

The expanded panel lists 100 suppliers that had submitted tenders for the new category in time for the September deadline.

These suppliers include Data#3, the Australian divisions of Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, IBM, NEC, and NetApp, and a number of smaller local and international suppliers.

The Software Licensing and Services panel first launched in March 2018 with a single category of Microsoft licensing solutions providers. It is open to all Australian government agencies.

COTS software is the second category to be added to the panel, which will be progressively further expanded over time. With the addition, the panel has replaced the prior Department of Finance ICT Services, COTS Software and Hardware Panel.

Software classes covered in the panel include development tools, financial and accounting, analytics, field operations and service management, database management, project management, communications, asset management, network management, product design and e-commerce.

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