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DAFF takes out contract with EDS

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EDS has won a $96 million infrastructure deal with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

The contract involves management and support of approximately 5,000 employees, as well as the provision of storage, IT architecture and design services in a multivendor agency environment.

Under the five-year agreement, EDS will provide desktop, server, storage and architecture services.

The contract signifies the break-away of the Group 8 outsourcing arrangement established in 2000.

“This agreement will help the Australian federal government meet its business and policy objectives and deliver better return on investment to the Australian people,” said David Caspari, managing director for Australia and New Zealand at EDS, an HP company. “It builds on existing services we provide to the government and strengthens EDS’ position as the No. 1 government supplier in the country.”

DAFF Leads Group 8 Outsourcing (the medium: 7 July 2008)

The much anticipated RFT for DAFF outsourcing finally hit the streets late on Friday afternoon. DAFF is the first of the old Group 8 outsourcing cluster to go to the market.

Until June 2000, DAFF delivered IT services in-house, but from the July 2000 it outsourced IT services to IPEX as part of the Group 8 outsourcing cluster. The contract is now held by Commander Communications following a series of acquisitions that included the takeover of Ipex by Volante Group in 2004 and the takeover of Volante by Commander in 2007.

The five year term was extended during 2005 for a further four years, and is now due to expire in June 2009. It is estimated that the value of the contract over nine years was about $360 million.

The current RFT is for an initial term of five years with possible annual extensions for an additional ten years.

Other members of the Group 8 cluster were the Department of Environment and Heritage, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Australian Public Service Commission and Australian Communications and Media Authority.

The RFT closes on 29 August.

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