ASI, Optima cut from Queensland education

ASI, Optima cut from Queensland education

The local builder industry has suffered another blow, with Optima and ASI Solutions losing their place on the Queensland Department of Education, Training and the Arts' newly drafted PC, notebook and server panel.

Sources close to the contract said the department has chosen to restrict its preferred supplier list to four players: HP, Acer, Dell and Queensland-based reseller, Coretech.

A representative at the department confirmed four panellists were chosen but would not disclose any additional information. An official release, including details on how preferred suppliers will liaise with schools, will be released in coming weeks.

The new supplier agreement is for the provision of PCs, servers, notebooks, UPS devices and printers. It replaces Education Queensland's former $30 million panel, which featured eight suppliers: ASI, Optima, Coretech, HP, Acer, Dell, Apple and Toshiba.

The new panel kicks off this month. It will initially start as a one-year contract, with three 12-month extensions. Unlike the previous tender, potential candidates were required to provide all category products as well as select services.

This has seen some choose to work with other vendors. For example, Coretech's bid saw it partner with Lenovo and IBM.

While not mandatory, the department recommends all schools buy off the preferred supplier panel. The panel is also open to all Queensland government agencies.

Optima chairman and managing director, Cornel Ung, said overall sales in Queensland represented less than 10 per cent of its total revenue. He said its sales team in that state would now shift their focus onto select and independent schools.

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