govCMS will open for business broadly on 2 Feb 15. We have already moved australia.gov.au
to the new platform and will soon move finance.gov.au
. We are working with ASADA as our first external customer and have a range of other agencies queued up to join.
The concept for govCMS grew out of our experience with govSpace, our successful WordPress platform. It provides simple web services, focussed on but not strictly limited to Gov 2.0 activities. It has 55 live sites currently and provides a quick, cheap option to get a website up and running.
govCMS, built on Drupal, provided by Acquia and hosted in the Amazon public cloud, is designed to provide a high quality, cost effective, service for agencies, meeting the security and accessibility requirements of government policy in accordance with the forthcoming digital service standard and design guide.
It isn't mandated but will instead rely for growth on the attractiveness of its business case. It is another of the consolidation instances I referred to earlier.