Network integrator Memorex Telex claims to have provided Mission Australia the competitive edge in the newly deregulated and cut throat environment of employment services with the installation and management of a wide-area frame relay network solution.
The Sydney-based integrator continues to snap up networking contracts with the latest tender win to design and implement a network spanning 92 offices and 500 employees.
According to Eric Chant, IT manager at Mission Australia, the initial motivation to develop a network was the intense competition in the job vacancy industry and a belief that a WAN could be the differentiating factor between Mission Australia and its competition.
Memorex Telex were chosen to fulfil this expectation because it could install the entire system in 12 weeks, the time between Mission Australia gaining the contract to the commencement of services. Memorex Telex were able to achieve this by connecting and configuring the system at a Sydney staging station prior to delivery, an operation that minimised the chance of onsite repairs and compliance problems.
Memorex Telex also had the advantage of being able to manage the entire system from its Network Control Centre (NCC) which enables Mission Australia to concentrate on its core competencies rather than the technical aspect of a network.
In addition to access to the Integrated Employment System (IES), a joint compilation from government departments of all job seekers, the Cisco-based network offers centralised management of payroll, finance and human resource applications, Intranet messaging and file sharing.
The contract could prove a long-term strategic relationship for Memorex Telex, with future alliances already under negotiation to extend the level of support to servers, workstations and printing facilities.