Perth-based assembler, CDM Australia, has booked one of two places on what it claims is Western Australia's largest government desktop PC contract.
Lenovo is the other supplier for the WA Department of Education and Training (DET) mandatory procurement plan. This includes at least 20,000 desktops across the state's public schools, DET district offices and TAFE institutions. The contract will run for one year with an optional 12-month extension.
CDM general manager, Matt Lim, said DET agencies had been able to choose from six of its preferred suppliers or the state's whole of government PC supply panel. There are nine vendors on this list including tier-one providers Lenovo, Acer and HP as well as local builders CDM, Trinix Computers and Edsys.
Lim said the DET had decided on using just two players to gain better control and management of supply. He estimated the contract could be worth more than $20 million.
While CDM would have to battle it out for individual agency contracts, managing director, Camillo Maddelena, said the DET deal was an important win.
"We hope it'll be a considerable win in dollar value, but it's more significant in terms of the direction the industry is going," he said. "It'll have an important impact in shaping our local industry.
"It's a great endorsement to us as a WA company and we want to leverage that."
Maddelena said CDM fulfilled about 40 per cent of WA government PC procurement. The assembler is also an approved supplier of blade servers under the state's common usage arrangement.
The panel win follows CDM's appointment as desktop supplier to the state's Health Department in December.