Fightback ’09: I swear allegiance to...

Fightback ’09: I swear allegiance to...

The good news for the channel

In this week's news the airline industry exhibited unwavering customer loyalty ensuring two integration contracts ended up in the hands of existing affiliates.

Perpetuating a long-standing partnership, Unisys has been re-contracted for another five years to give Australian International airlines’ barcode baggage system an extreme makeover. The deal is worth more than $25 million and involves 44 airlines from across the country.

ASG Group (ASX: ASZ), in conjunction with Capiotech, also scored an airline contract. The $13 million deal is a five-year arrangement for applications managed services for Qantas. The integrator, who has worked with the airline since 2006, will be using the Oracle Hyperion platform.

For $2 million dollars, Dimension Data is implementing and testing a disaster recovery project for engineering and project management firm, Ausenco (ASX: AAX). The rollout, involving storage, backup, virtualisation, archiving and data de-duplication, is almost complete.

And there are also deals up for grabs with the Australian Crime Commission (ACC), which wants to hire a qualified panel of providers for SAP support and ongoing maintenance. The services will be provided at the ACC’s Canberra offices over a contract period of three years, with two one-year optional extensions.

The tender is now open and closes on July 7. The winner will be selected on July 28 and work will start on August 10.

Also in need of some IT help, the Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) has opened a request for tender in a bid to automate its existing manual testing of all technology project and IT operations.

The agency is in charge of facilitating communication between politicians, constituents and the public. The group requires a service provider who can do load and performance testing, automate functional and regression testing and automate test management.

The five-year contract tender closes on July 21 and a winner will be announced in early September.

In other news, fresh-faced independent software vendor (ISV), JCurve Solutions, has formed a collaborative deal with NetSuite for an Internet-based hosted service suite aimed at small businesses.

The ISV has put out a management system, powered by NetSuite, and wants to tap into the half-a-million strong 5-20 staff small business market. The company is also seeking reseller partners.

There’s more good news to come next week. Keep watching ARN’s Fightback for your weekly dose of optimism.

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