Data#3 named on Queensland $100m IT panel

Data#3 named on Queensland $100m IT panel

ASX-listed integrator joins Dell and Fujitsu on the Queensland Government's first whole-of-government panel

Data#3 has become one of three successful panelists on Queensland Government's first $100 million, whole-of-government contract for PCs, notebooks and servers. The ASX-listed integrator will sit alongside Fujitsu and Dell.

The three-year contract, with two one-year extensions, covers at least 26 Queensland Government agencies and is valued at about $100 million. Under the new arrangement, Data#3 will exclusively supply Toshiba and HP hardware as well as procurement, installation and decommissioning services.

As first reported in ARN last month, the new panel sees Queensland Government transacting directly with services providers for the first time. At the time, Data#3 managing director, John Grant, said he would welcome a direct line into government. He claimed integrators were better suited to dealing directly with agencies because of their history and close working relationships.

"It would be a very innovative decision for government to recognise market activity and build key relationships with resellers," he said last month. "They are the organisations that have the capacity to address agency issues about selecting the right type of equipment for their specific needs and getting it delivered and configured to work in that agency's environment at the right cost. These are the things vendors have struggled with."

In a statement today, Grant attributed the win to Data#3's strong and long-term record in the public sector.

"Our offer to Queensland Government not only meets the government's need for 'the right price' but with the range of services we have proposed, it also provides the 'right solution' for the many agencies that will draw on the contract," he said.

Minister for Public Works, Housing and ICT, Rob Schwarten, said the new panel was expected to save the Queensland Government $20 million annually. Alongside the three key suppliers, support services would be provided by 49 regionally based service agents.

One of the government's key aims was also to introduce more energy efficient computers in government offices, Schwarten said during parliament last week. Suppliers are now required to demonstrate a track record in taking back used government hardware for reselling and recycling.

"The Queensland government intends to purchase Energy Star qualified computers," he said. "Energy Star is an international standard for energy efficient electronic equipment. The new energy efficient desktops will include power settings and stand-by power-saving modes that will help reduce energy costs by a minimum of 30 per cent, when compared to the previous generation of desktop PCs. By buying computing products that provide maximum performance for the least amount of power we are creating a cleaner, greener Queensland."

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