Following its success lobbying Commonwealth departments to change the way PC tender specifications are written, chip maker AMD has now turned its attention to state-based agencies.
In May last year, AMD began lobbying the Federal Government to change the specifications for contracts which have historically named Intel processors as the preferred component. AMD country manager John Robinson said the scheme had been very well received and the company was now looking at doing the same at the state level. AMD has already met with a number of departments in Queensland and Western Australia, and Robinson said initial feedback on the plan from the governments had been very positive.
"Generally the tender guidelines have been inadvertently written up habitually and this can eliminate large quantities of competitiveness. But it can be quite a simple thing to change by including or equivalent' in the wording," Robinson said.
Rewriting the specifications to allow the use of processors other than Intel would also allows local suppliers to be more competitive, he said.
The company visited eight departments in a whirlwind two-day visit to Perth. Robinson is confident the result will mean more opportunities for its Perth partners.
"I was very impressed at how welcome they made us," he said.