Darwin-based service provider, CSG, has signed a $30 million contract with the Northern Territory Department of Education and Department of Employment Education and Training (DEET). The news coincides with its acquisition of Melbourne-based IT provider, Bexton Professional.
The five-year deal will see CSG supply facilities management and systems integration services to NT schools. The company was named a preferred contractor in August. Its CFO, Kevin McLaine, claimed it was a very important contract.
"CSG is in a good position because we are managing other contracts in the Northern Territory," he said. "We have a fleet of aircraft and resources that can easily get to remote locations, so we are able to offer more value."
CSG will manage about 250 servers and 13,000 desktops as well as provide helpdesk and overall IT support. The incumbent supplier was Editure, which also tendered for the latest deal. CSG begins deploying services in December.
The company has appointed 46 staff to service the contract, which will visit all NT schools eight times a year.
In other news, CSG has splashed out $3 million for Melbourne-based IT services outfit, Bexton Professional. The acquisition comes one month after it picked up Melbourne integrator, Anadex.
McLaine said Bexton's strength was in putting resources into organisations undertaking current IT projects.
"They are like a smaller version of DWS and Oakton. They also do some development and other services," he said. "It was a good opportunity. We were already going to be in Melbourne with Anadex and we saw a lot of growth and activity in that space."
McLaine said it also fitted well with CSG's applications business in Perth. Bexton had about 50 staff, which would be kept on. CSG has about 500 employees.
"We are bedding these down but are [also] actively looking for the right opportunities," he said.