Local suppliers have continued to fight toe-to-toe against some of ICT’s Goliaths in the unique Western Australian Government market, taking away more than their share of the biggest contracts awarded by the State in recent months.
An additional 15 suppliers have been included on WA’s $68 million panel for ERP solutions, launched on 1 July 2012, bringing the total membership to 22 including six WA-based vendors:
- Litech Systems
- Fusion Applications Consulting
- Integranet Technology Group
- SDS Group
- Managed System Services
- Lansen Consulting
The local suppliers will compete against much larger international vendors like IBM, NEC and Microsoft to supply finance, human resources and payroll solutions to the state’s government agencies.
The CUA will be in place for up to eight years and will allow WA agencies to independently source applications and services on an individual basis for the first time since centralised shared services were discontinued by the WA Government in July 2011. It is mandatory for agency use.
Meanwhile the Department for Child Protection (DCP) has decided to look beyond the west coast, awarding a five-year, $35 million contract to Fujitsu for Application Services. The company has come out on top following a tender process that commenced in July last year and involved four other competitors.
DCP has options to extend the contract to 8 Jul 2022 at the latest.
It is the second largest ICT contract to ever be signed by the Department, according to Intermedium’s contract analysis, after an ICT managed services deal inked with Kinetic IT for $57.5 million in December 2009. The Kinetic IT contract covers server, desktop, network, security, service desk and project management services.
WA-based Kinetic IT has also come away with a $15 million contract to provide an end user computing environment for the WA Department of Health for two years to 22 July 2014, with options to extend out to 2016. The upgrade forms part of the agency’s End User Computing Foundation Project.
Another local provider, Digital Telecommunication Systems, has been awarded the Department of Education’s contract to supply and install new phone systems across the State’s 800 schools and education offices, with the exception of head office.
The $3 million agreement spans the period 17 July 2012 to 16 July 2015, with options to extend out to 2017. It replaces the Department’s previous deal with Panasonic, which expired in July.
L7 Solutions, a Perth-based systems integrator acquired by Amcom in 2011, has also won a $1.6 million contract to conduct network upgrades for the Department of Fisheries.