Each of the Department of Defence’s five Preferred Industry Partners have been handed responsibility for a different category of ICT work, the Department has confirmed, shining light onto the operation of the Applications Managed Services Partnership Agreement (AMSPA).
“Preferred Industry Partners [PIPs] have a primary responsibility to deliver capability within a specific area of expertise,” a Defence spokesperson told Intermedium.
“However, all Preferred Industry Partners can deliver capability across all Domains,” he said.
The work has been divided into the following domains:
- Accenture – Human Resource Domain
- BAE Systems – Warfighter and Intelligence Domain
- CSC – Finance and Logistics Domain
- HP – ICT Enablement
- IBM – Service Oriented Architecture Domain
Domains have been allocated to the systems integrators following a comprehensive assessment of the specialist capabilities of each, Defence added.
“A rigorous evaluation process was undertaken to first select membership of the panel, ensuring that all successful members could provide capability across all Domains.
This was followed by an additional evaluation of each Panel member’s capability and capacity to deliver projects and support applications within a specific area of expertise,” said the spokesperson.
Chief Information Officer, Greg Farr, has said in the past that he sees the AMSPA mechanism as a way of leveraging the expertise and familiarity with Defence systems that suppliers build up over long periods of working closely with Defence.
Narrowing the fields of work overseen by each of the AMSPA panellists is no doubt viewed by Defence as a means of further concentrating this expertise.
BAE Systems presents as an obvious choice for the provision of frontline military systems, with a history of Defence contracts in areas such as military messaging systems, and a total value of contracts over the last five years of $17.8 million.
CSC’s largest Defence contracts to date have included $53.6 million for the roll-out of an electronic health data information system, signed in February 2011, and $28.7 million for work on the Garrison and Estate Management System (GEMS), signed in January 2011.
According to the domain allocation, IBM will be the primary systems integrator for Defence’s implementation of a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) across the whole Defence Force, which is a key component of the 2009 ICT Strategy.
To date the supply relationship between HP and Defence has been primarily based around the provision of ICT hardware, including a $26.2 million server contract signed in 2006. While the scope of the ‘ICT Enablement’ domain is not described by Defence, it is likely that HP will continue to be involved in the installation and maintenance of hardware, given its history with the agency.
Intermedium’s analysis of contracts published since 2004 shows that the only major HR systems contracts signed between Defence and Accenture have emerged since the AMSPA panel became operational.
Two contracts for Systems Integration Services for Human Resources Information Systems, worth a total of $5.5 million, were signed through the AMSPA in late 2011.
Technology Partners International has recently been contracted to provide ongoing support for the scheme, at a value of $1.4 million, according to a contract published in AusTender.