Defence prefers Optima for PC deal

Defence prefers Optima for PC deal

Optima's listing as a preferred supplier for the Department of Defence has yielded big dividends, with the PC assembler receiving an order for around 25,000 PCs over the next six months.

Optima Computer Technology, which recently merged with ASX-listed Iocom to form a new entity, Optima ICM Limited, has been a Defence Preferred Computer Systems Panellist for the past 12 months, but this latest order is the largest to date. The deal is part of the Defence PC Refresh Project. Along with Compaq, now part of the new HP, Optima has been named as the preferred supplier and will provide systems to the department nationally over the next six months.

The deal will also help the company in its plans to expand more of its business across Australia - historically, most of Optima's revenue has come from New South Wales. Optima also recently won a deal as the sole preferred supplier for desktops to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation.

The new orders from Defence will mean more PCs will come out of Optima's factory in Silverwater, NSW. Managing director Cornel Ung said the Defence win was the result of top technology, value for money and established technical services infrastructure.

"The Australian Department of Defence has conducted a very thorough technical evaluation of all the major PC vendors' systems submitted, so it is most satisfying to have been selected as the preferred supplier for the project," he said.n

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