Commander has clawed its way onto a South Australian government panel as a supplier of IT services after announcing to the industry last year that it wasn't involved in the process.
The ASX-listed ICT provider will be one of three qualified suppliers of Distributed Computing Support Services (DCSS). The other two suppliers have yet to name themselves. The SA government estimates up to $144 million-worth of DCSS contracts will be awarded over the next three years.
Last August, Commander announced it wouldn't be a supplier of services to the SA government, despite a widely-held belief in the industry that its acquisition of Volante had sealed the deal.
"Some in the industry believed that Volante was going to be a preferred supplier for DCSS," managing director, Adrian Coote, said. "When we acquired it and learned that wasn't the case, it was incumbent on us, as a publicly listed company, to ensure the market was operating in a knowledgeable way. That is why we made the announcement last year."
Since then, it has engaged in providing several government agencies with its Volante range of managed and professional services.
Having now received the nod from the government, Commander will be able to compete against two other providers for IT services contracts in the areas of server and client management, solution design and advisory services, and service integration services.
Commander had also previously been announced as a preferred SA government PC supplier.
"We're very excited about being able to tender to the SA government in the areas of services and hardware," Coote said.