Fujitsu scoops $151m Defence deal

Fujitsu scoops $151m Defence deal

The contract will be in place for three years with extension options up to 20 years

Fujitsu Australia has inked a $151.3 million IT managed services contract with the Australian Department of Defence.

The contract will be in place for three years with extension options up to 20 years. It involves providing multiple services for its Distributed Computing Central Services (DCCS) contract including the Defence Central ICT Service Helpdesk.

Fujitsu will provide support to 90,000 desktops located around Australia and it will work closely with Defence to support its Strategic Reform agenda for ICT.

To help cement the deal, Fujitsu brought Ian Gray over from its UK Defence business.

Fujitsu CEO, Rod Vawdrey, said Defence was looking for a different style of contract with more flexibility and additional value.

“We were able to build on the history and the strength of the relationship by bringing additional value to the table. It gives us a great foundation to expand our relationship in the future,” Vawdrey said.

“We developed a good commercial arrangement where they can have the flexibility to ramp up and meet the revolving requirements.”

Vawdrey said Fujitsu’s business in Canberra had grown significantly and would gradually add more staff to its business.

“There’s a lot of exciting whole-of-government transformational work going on and opportunities in datacentres and shared services,” he said. “There’s a lot of activity with state governments as they try to find ways to increase value for constituents and reduce costs. We’re active in many state and federal government contracts. There’s also the interesting impact when it comes to election time.”

In the commercial sector, Fujitsu is expanding its datacentre footprint in Victoria, NSW and a new datacentre is slated to open in WA this year.

In March last year, Fujitsu purchased Kaz from Telstra for $200m

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