ABS hires PwC to support technology implementation project

04 March 2020 Consultancy.com.au

PwC has been awarded a $1.5 million contract to support the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) with a technology implementation programme.

ABS has made the decision to transition its identity and access management solution from the current Oracle Identity Manager to SailPoint’s IndentityIQ, another leading smart governance solution. IdentityIQ allows connectivity and control over 99% of all applications used within ABS – irrespective of where they are housed – including core applications such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), SAP and Salesforce.

The SailPoint solution also leverages artificial intelligence (AI) to generate smart recommendations on granting user access, while automated workflows ensure that access monitoring is real-time and in line with organisational policy.

Commenting on the switch of IT solutions, an ABS spokesperson said, “Oracle Identity Manager regularly requires manual intervention, and the product is no longer part of the ABS strategic application portfolio. The primary objective of this project is to migrate those processes, with improvements, to IdentityIQ and enable the removal of Oracle Identity Manager from the ABS environment.”

ABS hires PwC to support technology implementation project

Technology consultants from PwC have been brought on board to support with the implementation. The Big Four firm came out on top following a competitive tender process.

“An assessment panel formed of ABS staff with expertise in the project, subject matter and related technologies assessed the tenders, including returning to tenderers with clarifying questions, and scored all responses against selection criteria that were made available to tenderers,” said ABS’ spokesperson.

“On the basis of this scoring the PwC response was deemed the best overall response, providing confidence in their ability to deliver ABS's requirements including specific experience in both the technologies and the way in which they will be used throughout this project.”

A team of five consultants has been lined up by PwC, four of them working on technology design and build workstreams, and one in a programme management role.

This is not the first collaboration between the two organisations. Last year, ABS tapped the Big Four accounting and consulting firm to support Census 2021, tasked with designing the census website to be housed in the Amazon cloud environment.

Recent analysis shows that PwC is one of the fastest growing advisory firms in Australia.


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