Tasmanian reseller Comstra continues to thrive from a fruitful relationship with the State Government, winning a $6 million contract to supply and integrate a new desktop environment for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
Comstra recently won a $2 million tender to provide the department with enterprise Microsoft licensing and has now been appointed to roll-out 2,400 desktop computers over the next two-to-three years as the DHHS completely replaces its entire stock of computers.
The overhaul came about after the department conducted a review of its IT infrastructure and decided the old fleet of PC's should be replaced from top to bottom.
Comstra is the biggest IT supplier to the Tasmanian State Government. Comstra executive director Peter Gartlan said the reseller has been very successful with Government contracts in recent years but considered the DHHS contract as the largest Government business up for grabs this year. "In Tasmanian terms, this is big money," he said.
While Comstra will provide the PCs and systems integration services, local IT training firm The Quill Consultancy will provide onsite training. The contract will be financed under a lease agreement through local financial company Computer Fleet.
"The Tasmanian Government is constantly focused on supporting local business," said Gartlan. "The Government often resists dealing directly with manufacturers as they recognise the benefit in having the infrastructure support on the ground here in Tasmania. There might be skills they need to access outside the state but they always encourage these companies to partner with a local business."