EDS helps Vectra with $3.3m Christmas present

EDS helps Vectra with $3.3m Christmas present

South Australian IT services company Vectra has won a $3.3 million deal to replace a fleet of personal computers in Westpac's Adelaide-based mortgage-processing centre.

Vectra will deploy over 1100 new IBM personal computers at the centre to replace an outdated fleet of Pentium II-class workstations.

The deal came about after Westpac outsourced the management of the mortgage-processing centre to services giant EDS in November of this year. Vectra managing director Chris Smerdon said Vectra has built up a strong relationship with EDS after a five-year history of working together on various contracts.

These contracts were mostly serviced by the IT Services Group, a systems integrator and technical support services organisation, which merged with consulting and professional services group Systems Services in April 2001 to form Vectra.

"This is the largest rollout we have ever had with EDS," said Smerdon. The previous largest contract with EDS was a $2 million server refresh project for the education department.

Smerdon is counting his lucky stars that the company's relationship with EDS has resulted in some healthy deals during a time when many of South Australia's service providers are struggling. "By Adelaide standards, this is a big project," he said. "I think we are very lucky as an organisation to be working with EDS. Without them, we would not have had the chance to win this deal."

Smerdon said winning the deal gives credibility to the decision by IT Services Group and Systems Services to merge and create a "critical mass of locally based professional IT skills". Vectra employs over 60 staff in Australia and Singapore.

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