As part of its
response to the global financial crisis, the New Zealand government embarked on a programme to transform the public sector. A key strategy in that transformation was the achievement of economy of scale by using shared
services. In August 2011 the government announced the adoption of cloud computing across all government departments, which was forecast
to save $250 million expenditure over the next ten years. The National Digital Heritage Archive (NDHA) was selected as an initial pilot study in implementation.
The NDHA is a digital preservation and
management system for New Zealand’s
digital content. Originally implemented for the National Library of New Zealand’s collections, the core software and
hardware has been further
developed to incorporate
Archives New Zealand’s
digital records. The exploration
of the decision and its consequences to outsource NDHA storage to a commercial provider provides
a real life case study to inform the development of policy and legislation.
This paper will describe
the background to the decision to outsource, and the consequences of that decision.