Outsourcing quiet achiever secures supermarket chain

Outsourcing quiet achiever secures supermarket chain

Australia's outsourcing quiet achiever Kaz Computing has secured a $4 million outsourcing deal with Australia's third-largest supermarket chain Franklins, to manage the retailer's data centres nationwide.

After winning the contract through tender, Peter Kazacos, managing director of Kaz Computing, claimed that while the outsourcing company isn't as recognised as the EDSes of the world it is a significant player which is "winning a good share of the business that's out there", he said.

With outsourcing not viewed as a favourable option for some companies, a low-key marketing strategy is "part of our image" said Kazacos. "That's part of the reason why some companies approach us."

The five-year facility management agreement will see Kaz house Franklins' recent transition from a predominantly NCR environment to Hewlett-Packard hardware and the consolidation of the supermarket chain's previous platforms to Unix.

Managing the day-to-day operations, the relocation of Franklins' data centres has already occurred in Queensland and Victoria and is currently under way in South Australia and New South Wales, said Kazacos.

With current customers including Range Rover Australia and AMP, Kazacos said: "Its significance for us is it's a very large Unix outsourcing deal."

Kazacos said there are a number of large outsourcing deals in the pipeline for the midrange outsourcer with announcements to follow.

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