Melbourne Port Corporation, (MPC), recently announced that Praxa are the newly appointed facility managers of the authority's 12 servers, 80 PC's and 10 notebooks.
Praxa underwent a vigorous tender process in which they were successful due to the diverse nature of the services that they could offer, including a help desk facility and database management skills.
Praxa is aiming to establish a homogenous system for MPC out of what is currently a disparate operation and to this end MPC's IT manager believes that the administrative operation is merely the beginning of a large scale upgrade.
"There is a lot of discretionary work outside the initial contract, such as attention to Y2K issues, upgrading of the local area network and the desktop environment to Microsoft Windows NT."
Praxa's southern regional general manager, Andrew Munro, is hoping to prove with the upgrade and rationalisation of MPC's hardware and software platforms that the company is aiming to establish a long-term strategic relationship.
Tender applications for further contracts with MPC are still undecided.