The last hubs and switches are finally in place at one of Australia's largest IBM based networks following a $1.5 million deal which sees rural sector services company Elders contracting out its IT infrastructure to ASX-listed outsourcing company KAZ Computer Services.
The rollout included 800 odd terminals spread across 261 branches throughout rural and regional Australia as well as the services associated with the rollout of a new TCP/IP network.
According to KAZ's state manager in South Australia, Steve Howe, the deal was the result of a long term partnership, and relied heavily on the participation of both end user and service provider.
"We had Elders IT staff and KAZ staff working side-by-side on every roll out," Howe said. "After proving the technology case in Sydney, we worked on a state-by-state basis, with our local offices managing the rollout."
KAZ also teamed up with network services provider Marconi and Telstra in order to complete the deal.
Howe believes the state based approach to the technology rollout will become increasingly characteristic of KAZ's approach to outsourcing, as the company ramps up its presence nationally.
"We are now also building a data centre here in Adelaide," Howe said. "Basically we want to be able to provide services locally."