Services giant, CSC, has teamed up with Kinetic IT and Empired to secure a $50 million deal with the Western Australian Police Service to supply desktop, application and network management services.
The three-year contract, which has two year-long options, could be worth as much as $50 million if all options are exercised.
Under the contract, WA service providers, Kinetic IT and Empired, will assist CSC in managing about 244 Windows and 48 Unix servers, upgrade 4000 desktops, manage a network management centre and communications network, and house and manage the force’s mainframe.
The agreement is an extension on CSC’s relationship with the WA police force, which began in 1998 when it took over the five-year Building Management Authority, Department of Land Administration, Main Roads Western Australia and the Water Corporation (BDMW) contract when it acquired Australian services company, GE Capital IT Solutions.
The BDMW contract was one of two large consortium IT contracts issued by the WA government in the mid-1990s.
The WA Police Service joined the consortium of government agencies serviced under the BDMW banner in the second year of the contract.
Vendors and service providers qualified under the WA government’s SPIRIT integrated ICT procurement and governance framework were invited to bid for the tender which went out in November 2002.
CSC’s WA state leader, Bruce Dinsdale, said the company was awarded the coveted deal from the usual outsourcing contenders, KAZ, Unisys, HP and Fujitsu.
CSC has contracted Kinetic IT and Empired to fulfil the contract’s services and delivery component.
Kinetic IT picked up the helpdesk portion of the tender.
As a result of its partnership with Kinetic IT on the police contract, Dinsdale said CSC was teaming up with the outsourcer to go after other government business.
As part of the WA Police Service’s technology refresh, Empired will provide desktop management services including installation, implementation and building new exchange servers and active directory architecture.
The Western Australian IT community is pleased with the new IT procurement framework the WA government has introduced as it has made it a lot easier for small organisations to compete for government business.
“It’s a much fairer system,” chief operating officer at WA services company Amcon Solutions Group (ASG) Colin Leman, said. “Government agencies can now select their own outsourced IT partners in accordance with their agency’s specific needs.”
Under the SPIRIT framework, there was no stipulation as to how many local service providers vendors teamed with, however, 20 per cent of the evaluation criteria was based on local industry participation, Dinsdale said.
“There have been many more smaller organisations winning contracts during the most recent round of tenders,” he said. “It’s a very competitive market out there.”