Unisys Corporation is helping the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) streamline its driver and vehicle registry platform to quickly reflect legislative changes using a new Agile approach to software development.
Under the new five and a half year contract, Unisys is supporting NZTA’s Registry Suite – a group of systems for vehicle and driver safety programs including driver licensing, motor vehicle registration and road user charges – while moving to an innovative, cloud-based Agile DevOps delivery environment where solutions evolve based on cross-function collaboration and quick response to change.
Using the Agile approach, Unisys has assisted NZTA in reducing the time to implement a typical legislative change in the registry system – such as a new rule or fee – by half, from six months to three. The key factors in achieving this improvement were the use of innovative technology, including the Unisys AB Suite® application development software; adopting an Agile development methodology; and physically co-locating the NZTA and Unisys development teams to promote cross-functional collaboration and fast response to changes.
“Our vision for the licencing system is to deliver a better online experience which makes it quick, easy and desirable for our customers to transact with us online. This also means becoming more responsive to ongoing legislative changes. This new way of working is really making a difference. We are co-located as one team, so we can design and deliver better services to improve customers’ experience of the transport system much more quickly,” said Robyn Elston, National Manager Delivery, NZTA.
The solution uses the Unisys Virtual Private Cloud, a fully virtualised software-defined data centre, to allocate a secure virtualised pool of shared computing resources within a public cloud environment for greater flexibility and cost savings. It also enables automated application deployment, which is faster and less prone to human error.
Lysandra Schmutter, vice president Public Sector, Unisys Asia Pacific said: “We are providing NZTA the ability to deliver more online services to citizens. A combination of innovative technology, agile methodology and a truly collaborative approach allows Unisys and the NZTA to work hand-in-hand to quickly implement legislative changes that impact New Zealand’s drivers, and ultimately change the way citizens consume NZTA’s services.”
Mark Forman, vice president of the global Public Sector business at Unisys, said: “While we have enjoyed a very long term relationship with NZTA, we were both challenged to accelerate the way we jointly bring solutions to market. Working together we are operating at higher levels of efficiency, speed, innovation, and agility so we can deliver the best possible service to New Zealand’s citizens. We applaud Robyn and her leadership to drive this approach and serve the citizens and lower costs for the agency.”