Acer and Tassie partner score education deal

Acer and Tassie partner score education deal

Tasmanian reseller, Iris Computer, has won a $4 million contract to supply Acer notebooks to the state's department of education. The three-year contract will see it supply 5700 Acer TravelMate notebooks to teachers.

Iris' network of offices in Launceston, Hobart and Burnie was crucial in winning the tender, the company's North West regional manager, Michael Dillon, said.

"Iris will be providing onsite training for the teaching staff and a break-fix service," he said.

The education department would provide its own software for the notebooks, Dillon said.

The Centrino-enabled machines will be used primarily for writing reports and staff communications but some will be used in a wireless pilot by Intel. "We've got a couple of pilot schools down here and, as part of the rollout, Intel will be lighting up three further pilot schools with wireless technology," he said.

A specialist education dealer, Iris will consider increasing staff numbers as the notebook rollout continues.

Acer national government sales manager, Nick Hillier, said the deal was a fantastic win that recognised the vendor's dedication to the Tasmanian market.

Hillier, whose previous role was Tasmanian business development manager, attributed the win to having people on the ground locally and its channel-only policy.

"Last year, we rolled out our first High Point repair centre in [Hobart] Tasmania and put on a senior and junior technician," he said. "We did that in spite of the fact that most people are withdrawing resources from Tasmania rather than building them up."

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