Defence dishes out $6.7M IT project services deal to Dimension Data

Defence dishes out $6.7M IT project services deal to Dimension Data

New contract sees the provider support Defence in the delivery of its IT projects

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Dimension Data Australia has been awarded a $6.65 million project support services contract to assist Australia’s Department of Defence in the delivery of its IT projects.

The infrastructure project services support services contract was awarded to Dimension Data for the provision of resources to deliver project management services, according to the Department of Defence.

Given that the deal is predominantly for project management services, it does not include the provision of any hardware or software, a Department of Defence spokesperson told ARN.

“These project management services are to support the Chief Information Officer Group in managing the design and delivery of extant ICT projects for the various groups and services within the Defence Information Environment,” the spokesperson said.

According to the Department, the contract – which was awarded to Dimension Data under the Department of Human Services Information and Communication Technology Services Panel Standing Offer – is currently being extended for three months.

Other suppliers on the procurement panel arrangement include Accenture, Datacom, CSC, Fujitsu and IBM.

The Chief Information Officer Group (CIOG), the Department of Defence division that Dimension Data is supporting through the new contract, manages more than 6,000 servers, three primary data centres, and over 100,000 workstations, and is charged with managing and maintaining defence’s fixed and mobile IT networks,

It also heads up a long-term technology transformation that the Department is undergoing. The multi-year IT strategy is aimed at taking Defence from an infrastructure-centric approach to IT, to an information-centric approach, with a focus on information, the evolving technology landscape and changes in the way IT services are delivered.

The entity leads the integrated design, delivery, and sustained operation of the Department of Defence’s Single Information Environment (SIE), supporting military and business operations.

The Department of Defence is one of the Federal Government’s biggest spenders on IT, with its latest strategic plan flagging an expected spend of $20 billion on IT over a 10-year period to 2020.

It is not clear whether Dimension Data's latest multimillion-dollar contract with the Department is in direct support of the CIOG’s transformation efforts.

The IT service provider's deal with Defence comes just weeks after the company revealed it had inked a deal with drinks company, Frucor, as part of a project that sees the consolidation of Frucor’s data centres from seven to just two to support more nimble service delivery and cost savings.

“Dimension Data’s Managed Cloud Platform (MCP) offers an excellent solution for Frucor that unifies the New Zealand and Australian businesses, and brings more resilience to the company,” Frucor’s group Digital Strategy and Planning Manager, Gavin Sharkey, said at the time.

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