The latest additions to the whole-of-government Telecommunications Management (TMAN) will likely inject some new blood into Federal Government ICT market.
On 6 July 2011 the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) named a second batch of suppliers to be added to the panel, which will cover the management of telecommunications resources and the design of new telecommunications solutions.
The second set of suppliers included:
- Business Strategy Review Pty Ltd (trading as BSR Solutions)
- Cisco Systems Australia Pty Ltd
- Cordelta Pty Ltd
- Envista Pty Ltd
- Telsoft Pty Ltd
- The Strategic Directions Group
- UXC Ltd
- Transpire Pty Ltd
- Veridian Solutions Pty Ltd
This brings the number of suppliers on the panel to 16, making it the largest of the whole-of-government ICT panels, and there may well be a small number of further additions in the future says AGIMO.
While some of these vendors are established players in the Federal Government ICT market, there are also some new names on the list.
For Australian consultancy firm Transpire, this is the first time it has won business with the Federal Government according to Intermedium’s Analyse IT tool generated from a database of contracts published on Austender.
Contact centre and consultancy provider Veridian has not done much more. The company has registered two Federal Government contracts in the same number of financial years, winning just over $60,000 worth of work from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) since 1 July 2009.
Similarly, Telsoft have had only one government contract to their name since 1 July 2009, a $130,000 labour hire supply agreement with the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).
Canberra-based Envista have signed three contracts with Defence in this same period, at a value of $641,000.
In addition to naming the new panel suppliers, AGIMO have posted an example of what an approach to market conducted through the TMAN Panel might look like. They have released a Draft Request for Quotation from the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) for the agency’s a Customer Contact Telephony Refresh, which they are considering procuring through the TMAN arrangement.
The FWO, like the agencies procuring through the panel in the future, is under no obligation to issue their RFQ to any minimum number of suppliers from the panel.
“FWO will determine which members of the Panel will receive an RFQ based on its specific requirements and the nature of offers contained in Panel members’ Deeds of Agreement. In particular, an RFQ will only be issued to those Panel members who offer the particular Service/s,” says the post on the AGIMO Blog.
A final RFQ from the FWO is scheduled for this month.
The Department of Finance and Deregulation is inviting industry feedback on the RFQ.