Acer and its Canberra-based partner, Dataflex, have won a $3 million contract to provide PC equipment and related services to the Federal Government's Department of Parliamentary Services.
Dataflex general manager, Andrew Gersbach, said the three-year deal included the provision of 2000 Acer Veriton desktop PCs as well as LCD screens, SOE (standard operating environment) load implementation and online procurement through Dataflex's web portal. The reseller will also provide same-day support and hardware replacement services, he said.
Gersbach said it had been involved in the open tender with Acer from its inception. The pair had scored the contract over incumbent provider, HP, and Dell, he said. The reseller was also able to win the deal in the face of increased competition through the Free Trade Agreement, he added.
While the contract is not a large one in terms of sales value, Gersbach said it was significant because it gave Dataflex and Acer more visibility in government.
"The contract is very strategic because it makes us very visible from a ministerial perspective," he said. "The ministers that look after all of the agencies will be under the Acer banner. It was an account we wanted to win."
Gersbach said Dataflex had previously only worked with the department on small deals, such as one-off printer and software sales.