Optima will provide schools, colleges and teaching staff in the ACT with new desktop and notebook PCs after striking a $15 million, four-year deal with the national Department of Education and Training.
The local manufacturer beat off a 'Melbourne Cup' field, including incumbent suppliers, Acer and TodayTech, in addition to HP, Commander and Corporate Express to score the contract, Optima national education manager, Leonie Visser, said.
"It was looking specifically for localised support," she said.
According to Visser, Optima's prior work with Catholic and Independent schools in the ACT had helped it over the line.
The $15 million tender win breaks down into $8 million worth of equipment for the Department's Computers for Teaching program, providing peripherals for 3500 full-time teaching staff. The remaining $7 million is set aside for desktop and notebook PCs going into schools.
Optima will be providing its WorkPro X561 on desktops and M300 notebook for mobile users.
Visser said that as part of its contract win, it would also open a satellite office in Canberra. The first hire for the new office, a service technician, will be advertised in the coming fortnight.
Optima has yet to determine what suburb of the ACT the office will be located in.