One of the country's largest integrators, Business Computers of Australia (BCA), has added another high-profile customer to its books by standardising Western Australian gas supplier AlintaGas' operating environment to Windows 95 and MS Office 97 and implementing an asset-tracking registry.
With customers including KPMG, Macquarie Bank and Nissan and a growing reputation for speed-to-completion solutions, BCA's national marketing manager claims the market is recognising the integrator has the skillset and capabilities to partner with major vendors and rollout major full-scale solutions. "And we're winning a lot of business because of it," Louis Vellios, BCA national marketing manager, said.
BCA won the services contract through tender and completed the rollout in just eight weeks, Vellios said. Although the size of the investment was undisclosed, "by WA standards it is a big deal", Vellios added.
As well as the operating system migration, BCA and services company GECITS, which provides AlintaGas with facility management, also carried out RAM and CPU upgrades to more than 200 desktops and notebooks.
"It was a major project which had to be rolled out across all sites with an absolute minimum of disruption to our day-to-day business operations," said AlantiGas facilities manager Ron Conley.
"We also wanted to ensure that all IT equipment within the AlintaGas network was year 2000 compliant at the time of the rollout."
Spread across 14 locations, AlintaGas' largely Novell network consists of around 400 desktops, 70 notebooks, 30 Novell and NT servers, nine Unix servers and a mainframe. It supports mission-critical applications including safety-monitoring of underground gas piping, automatic meter reading, complex CAD and graphic-mapping applications as well as daily administrative applications and e-mail.