Data#3 (ASX:DTL) will "refresh" up to 12,000 HP devices after being awarded a new multi-year contract by Queensland’s Department of Education and Training (DET), following a competitive tender process.
The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX)-listed IT cloud solutions provider has been a long-time partner of the Department, having provided IT services for the government entity for more than two decades.
“Our dedicated [Department of] Education team has worked closely with the DET for over 22 years,” Data#3 CEO, Laurence Baynham, said.
“As the largest HP partner in Australia, we have complemented world-leading products with our local services, and we are pleased to win one of the larger contracts in the state.”
The new deal is part of the Queensland Department of Education’s Computers for Teachers initiative, which is a rolling program in which devices for teachers are replaced every four years, prior to their end of life period.
Initiated in 2006, the program sees laptops rolled out to teachers around the state.
As part of the program, every state school teacher who works at least two days a week in a permanent position is eligible to receive a laptop.
To ensure teachers gain access to the latest technology, the laptop models selected for distribution change each financial year.
Under the initiative, teachers also have access to the Microsoft IT Academy, which provides online training and qualifications in Microsoft products and technologies.
According to Data#3, the devices in question have been purchased with priority warranty and service levels, and will be deployed to schools across the state over the coming months.
Data#3 has not disclosed the value of the contract, but it is just one of many contracts recently awarded to the company by government agencies.
Since September, Data#3 has received well over $1.9 million worth of federal government contracts, with the Australian Taxation Office, the Australian Financial Security Authority, the Productivity Commission, and the Department of Defence all engaging the company for various IT services.
In August, the IT services provider announced a 30 per cent surge in annual profit, to $12.8 million, for the year ending June.
This was off the back of $983 million in revenues from ordinary activities, a 13 per cent rise on the previous year’s result.
The share price at the time of writing was $1.565.