Home-grown business application developer Objective bagged a potentially lucrative tender with the Queensland Police Service (QPS) last week with the assistance of integration giant Unisys.
After a two-year tender process, Objective was elected to take police record keeping into the electronic age with its integrated document and information management system.
The next six months will see a pilot, of sorts, rolled out across one of the regions. General manger of Objective Adrian Rudman told ARN the trial is as much a business-process pilot as a technology pilot to see how the QPS will utilise the system. "There is no real risk from a product perspective. The real issue is how the people themselves adjust to the new process," he said.
While the financials of the deal are confidential, speculation suggests that if the project is successful and balloons to its full 12,000-seat potential, the contract will be worth several million dollars to Objective.
"QPS is a major win for Objective in Queensland," said Tony Walls, Objective's CEO for Asia Pacific. "We officially opened our Brisbane office in April 2001 and are already working with the Queensland Department of Justice and focusing efforts on servicing Queensland government organisations."
The selection of an indigenous developer by the public service bodes well for the local IT industry, especially in Queensland where poor technology choices by the government has locked home-grown products out in the past. QPS' decision to go with Objective also shows a vote of quality assurance of the technology's capabilities, according to Rudman. He said that due to the high levels of scrutiny and accountability it is subject to, QPS undertook a thorough and stringent selection process.
The local developer already has a crown jewel, portfolio-wide licensing deal on its product with the Department of Defence and hopes to collect more public sector business through the recent appointment.
Unisys holds the prime contract for the QPS installation and will sub-contract Objective to provide domain expertise around its reporting product. Rudman said the intervention of Unisys provides Objective with ready access to highly skilled project managers.