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Vic Govt to select from companies such as IBM, Dell, Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard, to supply about $90m of back-office computer equipment

Posted by gmarkets on 3 September, 2007

The Victorian government has started what is expected to be a hotly contested procurement process to select companies to supply about $90 million of back-office computer equipment and associated services over the next five years, reported The Australian Financial Review (31/7/2007, p. 32). 5 year contract with IBM expires on 31 December: Most state agencies purchased server hardware and services from suppliers IBM, Dell, Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard, under a five-year panel contract due to expire on 31 December. One exception was Victoria Police, which had its own supplier arrangements.

$90 million for a 5-year contract: Tender documents released last week estimated the total value of expenditure under the contract, which would also cover storage hardware, at about $90 million over five years, with $50 million coming from the Department of Human Services (DHS).

Most agencies use mix of servers: The DHS’s server fleet was predominantly made up of HewlettPackard and Dell machines running Microsoft’s Windows 2003 operating system, although the department also had a substantial number of Sun Microsystems machines and Hewlett-Packard traditional Unix servers. Most other agencies used a similar mix, although the Department of Education and Training was an exception, running more than 1600 Acer machines at its schools.

Victoria work towards greater cost efficiency : Like other states including NSW, Victoria had been making progress towards greater cost efficiency in recent years by centralising the purchasing process and leveraging its greater spend on information technology. In March, the state awarded an internet services panel contract to service providers Pacific Internet, Optus, EFTel and Netspace.

The Australian Financial Review, 31/7/2007, p. 32

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