Software integration company Kanbay is first past the post in a tender race to supply Victoria's thoroughbred racing industry with a unified e-business system. The company staved off competition from a tough field of integrators to secure the contract, expected to be worth several million dollars, over the next 12-18 months.
Racing Victoria functions as the Victoria Racing Club's core administrative body, on behalf of all Victorian racing clubs. The horse racing industry in Victoria employs around 30,000 people and Racing Victoria provides a range of information regarding membership, event dates, horses, owners, trainers and all aspects of racing.
Until now, the information has been hosted on a range of disparate technologies and databases within the various member clubs, and Kanbay's charge is to merge the information into a central repository.
Under the terms of the agreement, Kanbay will develop around eight modules (applications) to "e-enable" Racing Victoria, according to Kanbay account director Kevin Murphy.
"The racing industry has generally been very horse-focussed - it's a very traditional sport. What Racing Victoria wants to do is shift the focus more onto people so it can help members of the industry as well generating more interest in the sport for spectators," says Murphy.
It plans to do this by streamlining its industry structure, reducing costs and increasing returns to owners through a three-tier platform developed by Kanbay. The platform will consist of a Web-based interface front end, an applications server followed by an Oracle database back end.
"This is a partnership not just for today but into the future," says Stephen Allanson, general manager, of technology planning and development at Racing Victoria. "[Kanbay will] assist with refining our technology strategy needs for the next five years."
The project is slated for completion in November.
Photograph: Racing Victoria's general manager of technology planning and development Stephen Allanson (left) and Kanbay CEO Raymond Spencer (right).