Defence selects Sliced Tech to implement cloud-hosted education system

Will also be in charge of maintenance and provide secure cloud hosting

Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence
Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence

The Department of Defence has selected Canberra-based Sliced Tech to implement TechnologyOne’s EducationOne software.

In October, Defence announced TechnologyOne’s software was going to be used as Defence’s student management system. Now the department revealed that Sliced Tech will be in charge of the implementation and maintenance of the system for the next three years.

Defence said the software represents a significant modernisation of Defence’s student management system.

“The EducationOne platform will provide a single, Defence-wide integrated system, replacing more than 50 separate databases, spreadsheets and other software programs,” commander Australian Defence College, major general Mick Ryan said.

“The new platform will enable us to streamline student administration and better track the qualifications attained by our people throughout their Defence career.

“Information technology systems are a crucial enabler for Defence, and this new system demonstrates our commitment to making the Defence learning environment more continuous, accessible and adaptive.”

Defence said that the system will be hosted on a “secure cloud capability”.

Sliced Tech, alongside Vault Systems, were the first cloud providers to be certified for use with government information classified at the Protected level on the Australian Signals Directorate-maintained Certified Cloud Services List; today the likes of Microsoft and AWS have also achieved Protected certification.

Jason McClure, CEO of Sliced Tech, told Computerworld that the company will do the system integration and other services to provide a "stable and secure environment, but also an environment that scales to meet the size and capacity required."

This marks the first time Sliced Tech will work in partnership with TechnologyOne.

"The deals is a significant one in its importance to Defence and we feel very honoured to be selected as the trusted hosting partner to deliver the outcomes that Defence is seeking from the system. We understand the importance of Defence as a business and we don't take that responsibility lightly. And we look forward to living up to the defense's expectations," McClure said.

“Using this secure cloud platform provides us with the security, scalability and flexibility required to modernise and further develop the Defence learning environment,” Ryan said.

The system is expected to be up and running at the Australian Defence College, Australian Defence Force Academy and Royal Military College ‑ Duntroon from April 2020.

It will be rolled out to all 115 Defence Learning Centres Australia-wide over the next two years.

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