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Enterprise IT, Featured, News - Thursday, February 13, 2014 11:36 - 1 Comment
news The Department of Defence has again renewed an extremely long-running IT services contract with Japanese technology giant Fujitsu which has been in place since 2005, when it was originally won by KAZ, as the pace of change within the department appears to be slowing down.
As part of its broader IT sourcing reform program, Defence had originally been planning to bundle two major end user computing contracts — the one currently held by Fujitsu and a separate one by Unisys into one larger contract and take it to market under the banned of “distributed computing”.
The Fujitsu contract — which Defence renewed in May 2013 — has been in place since 2005, when it was originally won by KAZ, since bought by Fujitsu. It covers desktop support of Defence’s far-flung operations around Australia as well as some support of some central resources. The Unisys contract, which has been around for around five years, covers IT support services including network security and infrastructure support, as well as server and desktop support.
However, in mid-January, Defence noted that it was currently undertaking a “significant” Information and Communications Technology (ICT) transformation program.
“As the projects currently underway require a focused and sustained effort, Defence has decided not to proceed with the planned market testing of the Distributed Computing Bundle,” Defence wrote. “Defence has exercised a contract extension under the existing Unisys Regional ICT Services Agreement for on-site support services until October 2016. A decision on the longer-term delivery of ICT services through a Distributed Computing Bundle will be made over the next 24 months.” Unisys said its contract was worth about $52 million.
In a new statement issued by Fujitsu this week, the Japanese company said Defence had also renewed its contract, which would now be worth an additional $170 million over three years.
“Fujitsu announces the Australian Department of Defence has extended its Distributed Computing Centralised Services (DCCS) Contract with Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand for an additional three years,” the company said. Continue…
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