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Microsoft Signs Enterprise Agreement With NSW Department Of Education & Training

  • 06 July, 2004 10:33

<p>Sydney – Tuesday, 6 July, 2004 – Microsoft Australia today announced that it has signed a $37 million three year Enterprise and Services agreement with the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Education &amp; Training (DET). The agreement is a continuation of existing software and servicing arrangements with the Department that were part of a previous agreement.</p>
<p>Following 15 months of negotiations and extensive research into alternative commercial and open source options, the deal was awarded to Microsoft Australia and demonstrates the Department's commitment to ensuring that all of its staff (including TAFE teachers and support staff) and students throughout the State have access to the latest software and support services. The agreement will ensure consistency of software applications at NSW DET sites throughout the State, including software and services for 163,000 desktops and 2,300 servers.</p>
<p>"The $37 million agreement with Microsoft represents a significant investment in quality information technology services and software by the Department,” said Wayne Houston, Deputy Chief Information Officer, New South Wales Department of Education and Training.</p>
<p>"The agreement will benefit students, teachers and Department staff at schools, TAFE institutes and offices and reflects our commitment to investing in the latest software and IT services to support public education and training."</p>
<p>The agreement also includes 'work at home' usage rights for all Department staff. According to Mr Houston, this means that staff can install Microsoft software and training materials on a home computer.</p>
<p>“Microsoft Australia views the NSW DET to be a strategic customer and we look forward to working with them closely to help them address their IT needs and deliver solutions that drive efficiencies and improve educational outcomes for students, staff and teachers alike,” said Steve Vamos, Managing Director of Microsoft Australia.</p>
<p>“Our agreement with the NSW DET illustrates Microsoft Australia’s commitment to helping the Department develop a strong, sustainable IT infrastructure that delivers ease of use, value through innovative technology and a clear roadmap for future development,” Mr Vamos continued.</p>
<p>“Given the broad range of alternatives available to our customers we are always very appreciative and encouraged to win their commitment to use our software.”</p>
<p>As at June 2003, the NSW DET employed more than 90,000 staff in teaching and support roles, providing high quality education for around 70 per cent of all school students in New South Wales at more than 2,200 locations throughout the State.</p>
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<p>For further information:</p>
<p>Amanda Millar
Howorth Communications
02 8281 3801 or 0407 454 229</p>
<p>Samantha Herron
Corporate Communications Manager
Microsoft Australia
Ph: 02 9870 2316 or 0412 589 951</p>

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