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Environment finds “green IT” outcomes with Datacom

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After significant negotiations, Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA) has awarded its IT infrastructure outsourcing contract to Datacom Systems.

Environment Minister Peter Garrett believes this is a significant step in delivering practical green outcomes for his Department. In a recent keynote address to a National Business Leaders Forum, Minister Garrett outlined how he expected Datacom would provide the necessary assistance.

"You will be pleased to hear that a new era of sustainability is happening with my own department, as we aim to lead by example, to be the first in the Australian Government to specify a green focus as part of its information technology services contract. The department was looking not just for sustainability in the IT services provided by a contractor, but also in its own operations.

Garrett noted that “Datacom Systems, has an excellent track record in providing IT managed services in Australia and overseas and its proposed products for us meet at least the Silver requirements of the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) standard - in many cases the Gold standard.”

DEWHA is taking a leadership role both in green policy development, and in delivering Gershon’s Green IT recommendations at a whole-of-government level.

As noted in a previous article, DEWHA’s tender (August 2008) for this outsourcing contract (Desktop, Midrange, LAN, and Helpdesk Services) contained a strong emphasis on Green IT issues. It required on tenderers to pro-actively identify where impacts could be minimised in areas including power consumption, cooling requirements and e-waste disposal. In addition, they were required to submit environment specifications for each item proposed, amongst other measures.

In its earlier incarnation, as Department of Environment and Water Resources (DEWR), the Department was a member of the original Group 8 outsourcing arrangement in 2000 with IPEX (then became Volante, then Commander).

Getting underway this month, the new contract will run until June 2014 (5 years), with possible extension for a further 5 years. It is estimated the value of the previous contract over nine years was about $360 million.

ACMA signs outsourcing to Logica

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has appointed a new IT infrastructure outsourcing supplier. In a five-year, $10 million deal, Logica will provide LAN desktop services and support to ACMA’s staff in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney as well as in remote locations.

ACMA is another agency in the former Group 8 outsourcing arrangement in 2000 with IPEX (then became Volante, then Commander).

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