Listed integrator and services company Data#3 has proved the home ground advantage still stands when it comes to winning tenders.
The company outbid rivals IBM Global Services and Melbourne-based outsourcer Tequinox for a $4 million, three-year contract with manufacturing giant Queensland Alumina (QAL).
Under the terms of the agreement, Data#3 will provide recommendations for strategic initiatives, outsourcing of technical support and the company's helpdesk, management of QAL's local area network infrastructure and 800-plus desktop devices.
"We took into account 22 criteria including cost of service, complete suite of services and local infrastructure and resources," said Phil Hughes, QAL manager of administration. "Data#3 has made a significant commitment to the local presence in central Queensland and was the strongest in our competitive evaluation."
Eight staff on-site
The integrator will have up to eight staff work on-site at QAL, as well as providing contract labour for QAL's application development and maintenance group, which is planning a transition to ERP from legacy systems in 2001.
QAL uses a Nortel-based ATM and fast Ethernet LAN with Microsoft Windows NT servers, using Compaq hardware for all desktops and servers, the company said.