Comalco rethinks IBM GSA partnership

Comalco rethinks IBM GSA partnership

Aside from an initiative by mining giant Comalco, Queensland's outsourcing scene shows little signs of significant activity in either the public or private sectors.

Comalco is nearing final evaluation of a number of bidders on a five-year contract covering a wide range of services. Contenders for the shortlist include IBM Global Services, BHP IT, Fujitsu and Mincom.

The company has outsourced its mainframe operations with IBM for the past four years but is now assessing broader proposals taking in network management, applications support, desktop and help desk services.

Comalco went to tender early this year with 12 months still to run on its existing agreement with IBM.

A company spokesman said the decision was not triggered by any failure on IBM's part. Phasing out longer-term contracts early was in with trends that encouraged companies to take of advantage of more sophisticated outsourcing options.

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