KAZ Computer Services has extended a two-year support contract with the Perth office of Grant Thornton to include full outsourcing of the international accountancy's IT infrastructure.
KAZ will provide helpdesk, desktop, server, network and asset management support services over three years from its new data centre in Perth. KAZ opened the centre in January this year in a bid to increase its chances in upcoming WA Government SPIRIT (Strategic Partnering in Resourcing Information Technology) contracts.
Of the $279 million the WA Government spends annually on information technology and communications, around $20 million per annum is spent on two consortium contracts held by CSC. These contracts provide selected computing infrastructure and application services to 12 member agencies with the arrangements due to expire in mid 2002.
Under the SPIRIT scheme, local and international IT companies have had to submit tenders to be selected on the panel of authorised Government suppliers. It is understood the evaluation process will be completed by June 10, with successful panel members announced on June 25.
But getting onto the panel does not guarantee a seat on the gravy train of WA Government business. Lagis Zavros, KAZ Computer Services' WA state manager, said it will still be imperative for selected suppliers to market themselves to the agencies.
"It's like anything, if you've never dealt with them before then they probably won't pick you," Zavros said. "You don't just sit on the panel and get the work."
The accounting practice of Grant Thornton spans five Australian states and over 100 countries. The agreement with KAZ will be the first among the Australian offices of Grant Thornton to outsource its entire IT operations, according to a statement released by KAZ.