In a deal which has been in the pipeline since December last year, the QLD State Government today announced Brisbane-based joint venture Queensland Software Services (QSS) as the winner of a $77 million software licensing tender.
The Queensland Agency Agreement (QAA) contract covers the rollout of Microsoft software licences across the State Government, as well as the establishment of a new Australiasian Technology Centre (ATC) that is designed to develop specialised software solutions for Australian government departments.
Selected as the prime contractor, QSS is a 50/50 venture between integrator Data#3 and IT services company Powerlan.
Powerlan Queensland state manager Phil Howson said the agreement would see QSS provide the Government with licensing expertise, as well as significantly expanding the integrator's services staff in the areas of business analysis and project management.
"We are looking at expanding our operations in order to fulfill the tender," Howson said. "The contract was awarded through an open tender and we had to compete with international competitors. It was aggressively fought and our win is an affirmation of the strength of the partnership between Powerlan and Data#3."
Howson believes the QSS's previous successes in the health and education sectors aided its victory in this latest tender.
"We could show that we work very well together, although we are also competitors in the market place," Howson said.
Howson also indicated the tender would assist in leveraging QSS into other government opportunities.
"We are expecting these opportunities to expand over the next 12 months," Howson said.