Canberra-based SAP partner, Southern Cross Computing, has been awarded a $13.5 million tech services contract by the Department of Defence.
The deal, which runs until the end of May 2018, sees the ACT-based IT services company provide ongoing maintenance support and system improvements for the Department of Defence’s Finance Information Management System.
The deal was won through an open tender process via the Attorney-General’s Department’s SAP Panel for the Provision of Development, Support and Ongoing Maintenance Services.
The panel arrangement claims 11 suppliers, including Fujtisu Australia, NTT Data Business Solutions Australia, Redback Consulting and Infosys Technologies, in addition to Southern Cross Computing.
The key activities under the contract, according to a spokesperson for the Department of Defence, include the management and administration of financial systems and the management of systems security and controls.
Other key activities under the terms of the contract are the delivery of financial business information and support processes and the management of systems performance, budget and reporting master data, and master data hierarchies.
The deal also includes the provision of business user support, help desk and staff skilling, and problem resolution with technical support services, along with the provision of business analysis capabilities, and business process improvement design and advice.
“This contract focuses on the optimisation and modernisation of the finance systems in support of the First Principles Review, the Thomas Red Tape reviews and the Enterprise Resource Planning Program,” the spokesperson told ARN.
The findings of the First Principles Review, which were released in April 2015, called for a holistic, fully integrated “One Defence” model for the department’s structure, which saw it move towards a more unified and integrated approach across its operational footprint.
“This review proposes a transformational change across Defence, to ensure that it can deliver on future requirements that will be outlined in the Government's forth coming White Paper and related documents,” former Minister for Defence, Kevin Andrews, said at the time.
“To achieve this, Defence must move from a current inefficient federated approach into a single, integrated organisation that delivers an enhanced joint capacity,” he said at the time.
The changes outlined in the review were expected to be implemented within two years of the review’s release in 2015.
Southern Cross Computing’s tender win comes as the Department of Defence hands DXC Technology a $27.2 million, multi-year contract for the provision of managed services.
The contract, which runs from May this year to June 2022, sees the system integrator provide managed services for facility and system delivery, and support, according to tender documents.