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ABS opens $450,000 desktop asset management tender

ABS opens $450,000 desktop asset management tender

Statistics body looking to improve its hardware and software asset managment

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has opened a $450,000 tender seeking offers for an Information Technology Desktop Asset Management (ITDAM) solution.

A one-year contract, extendible for up to 12 months, is on offer to provide implementation, development, maintenance and training services to improve hardware and software asset management, software distribution, and software licence management.

The tender documents state the provided solution should “manage the software and hardware life-cycle end to end, improve software licence management and provide a client self-service software portal. The solution may also include software packaging and software distribution tools”.

The ABS has been using a combination of about 600 in-house developed applications and commercial products such as Lotus Notes as part of its Software Management System. The government agency has a fleet of 3000 desktop PCs and 1000 notebooks with every device issued with a standard suite of 60 applications. An additional 500 applications are available upon request via a self-service portal.

The ABS will not consider joint tenders unless it is in a position to contact a single prime contractor which is an incorporated legal entity. The tender closes on July 17 at 2pm with an estimated value of between $250,000 and $450,000.

The ABS tender comes on the back of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) opening a tender to seek a service provider for a $200,000 Cisco telephony contract to boost its unified communications strategy.

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) also recently opened a tender to seek mainframe technical specialists to provide support to its mainframe developer base and a tender seeking system testers to prod and poke its ICT infrastructure in its multi-agency initiative aimed at simplifying business-to-government reporting, the Standard Business Reporting (SBR) program.

In late May, the Federal Government also announced it would create a panel of datacentre providers to supply space and services to agencies during the development of the whole-of-government datacentre strategy instigated as part of the Gershon review.


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