Channel players on Victoria Police panel

Channel players on Victoria Police panel

Southern Cross Computer Systems (SCCS) and ComputerCorp have been nominated alongside five other suppliers for a new IT procurement contract with the Victoria Police.

The three-year panel covers IT goods and services in four categories: mainframe procurement; distributed computing; applications support, maintenance and enhancement; and asset procurement.

SCCS and ComputerCorp - along with Dell, Fujitsu, HP and Power Parameters - have been nominated as preferred suppliers for asset procurement.

IBM was awarded the contract to provide mainframe and Unix services as well as desktop and distributed computing, while Fujitsu has been chosen for the applications support contract.

SCCS has been selected for three categories within asset procurement: UPS, servers and printers.

"It is hard to know exactly how significant this deal is for us," SCCS managing director, Mark Kalmus, said. "In the worst case scenario, it could be zero. But it could also be a reasonable contract."

Kalmus said he had initially been hesitant in pursuing the contract because of the demand on company resources. The services company had not worked with Victoria Police for at least seven years.

"We do work with both state and Federal Government already so we saw this as an opportunity to strengthen our position at a state level," he said. "We will leverage off that. On balance, we thought it was worthwhile."

Kalmus said it could take 6-12 months before SCCS could determine the monetary significance of the new contract. This was because suppliers would be picked from the list of 2-3 for specific category contracts every 6-12 months.

ComputerCorp general manager, Mike Rickers, said he was also waiting to find out the scale of its involvement but was pleased to be included.

"We are proud that the police has chosen us as a service and logistics partner when we have only been in Victoria for a short period of time," he said.

The Victoria Police panel is separate to the whole of government desktop and notebook computer equipment panel being finalised by the Victorian state government.

There are 11 departments involved including the Victoria Police, the Department of Education and Training and the Department of Human Services.

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