The ICT market has been dealt a good hand this week with big and small players reaping the awards of new business partnerships and news of expansion.
There are no poker faces in IT this week as IT job advertising shot up by 8.38 per cent in July, its first growth since May 2008.
According to results from the Olivier Job Index, the sudden leap makes IT the fastest growing industry by percentage proving IT professionals are hot property as overall job advertisements drop by 0.41 per cent.
On the back of this positive outcome, Logica won a $18 million dollar contract to build and support ICT infrastructure for government agency, CrimTrac.
The agreement is twofold, to build CrimTrac’s ICT infrastructure by April 2010 and provide three years of ongoing environment administration and management for the organisation’s 220 employees.
Another winner was ICT service provider, ZettaServe, which received its biggest Federal Government contract, securing a deal with the National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority (NOPSA).
The five-year agreement has a base value of $1 million with opportunities for project work that could bump up that figure.
Providing more opportunities for the IT sector was the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) which opened a tender to acquire between $600,000 and $800,000 worth of Cisco IP telephony equipment.
In other news, BSR Australia announced a major upgrade to its IT Infrastructure.
The organisation behind the Betta Electrical and Chandler franchises will consolidate its servers and datacentres to leverage its IBGlobal IT retail management system
The move is designed to increase service quality and provide a foundation stone for the future growth and stability of the group.
Hungry for more acquisitions is Netregistry’s parent company, Online Growth Solutions (OGS), which acquired MD Web Hosting for an undisclosed price.
With the addition of MD’s portfolio, OGS now has more than 23 per cent of .AU names under its belt.
According to OGS CEO, Larry Bloch, this new development also made the group the top player in Australia’s domain names market, ahead of main competitor, ASX-listed Melbourne IT (ASX: MLB).
Application development vendor, CyTrack, has formed a Unified Communications partnership with Distribution Central.
And Internet video supplier, Viocorp, is on the lookout for partners as it plans to expand internationally.
Viocorp is looking for 10 tier-one or tier-two integrators, 10 digital media agencies and any number of technology partners happy to mix and match their technologies with Viocorp’s.
Finally, ASX-listed integrator, ASG Group (ASX: ASZ) announced a full year profit of $11.3 million with net profit up 24.8 per cent.
The result was achieved on a revenue of $130.6 million, a 17.7 per cent increase from the previous financial year.
That’s it for this week’s good news. Tune in to ARN’s Fightback ’09 for the latest dose of optimism.