Oconics revamping Hansard for $3.8 million

Oconics revamping Hansard for $3.8 million

The software company has signed a six-and-a-half year deal with the Department of Parliamentary Services

Business software developer and integrator, Oconics, has landed a $3.8 million contract from the Department of Parliamentary Services to revamp the existing Hansard system that publishes parliamentary proceedings online.

Oconics is responsible for all the systems that are in charge of parliamentary transcriptions prior to uploading online. Using Microsoft SharePoint and Office 2007 technology, the company will design the new Hansard Production System. It will be a framework based around the Microsoft SQL Server database.

The contract length is six-and-a-half years. It involves one-and-a-half years for implementation and five years for customer support. The integrator scored the deal through a tender process and has signed the paperwork two months ago.

Oconics CEO, Jonathan Ruckert, said the contract was the biggest the company had received in the last six months. With other government clients on the books, including the Parliament of South Australia, the integrator is planning to grow its business.

“We are expanding into Canberra and setting up an office there with a minimum of three people within the year,” he said.

In other news, fellow software developer, ComOps also had a windfall, signing on with engineering plastics company, Dotmar Group, to implement an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) and business intelligence solution.

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