ASG Group has won a $16.5 million contract with Queensland water utility company, Unitywater, to migrate all its IT to Microsoft Azure public cloud.
Unitywater provides water supply and sewage services to Moreton bay, the Sunshine Coast and Noosa regions.
As part of the five-year contract, ASG will also provide ongoing management of Unitywater’s infrastructure and applications. The contract allows for a two-year extension.
The project is already underway, and ASG expects to have completed the migration in April 2018.
“ASG offers great value which supports our strategy to minimise price increases to our water and sewerage customers,” Unitywater chief financial officer, Pauline Thomson, said. “Importantly, ASG has an industry-leading onshore end-to-end security solution which is vital to us to ensure our business interests and confidential customer data is protected.
“ASG also has existing relationships within our industry which may assist us in future,” Thomson said.
This project marks ASG’s first “major” managed services contract in Queensland and the first after the integration of SMS Management & Technology.
“This is a significant business transformation for Unitywater and we are grateful that ASG has been entrusted with advice and delivery,” ASG chief operating officer, Dean Langenbach, said.
ASG completed the $124 million SMS acquisition at the end of September 2017. The combination of both businesses means that ASG can now offer complete services from infrastructure and managed services through to business and IT advice and solutions implementation.
ASG Group is owned by the Japanese company Nomura Research Institute (NRI). Shingo Konomoto, NRI’s chief executive, said the addition of the SMS business would allow ASG to tackle the biggest opportunities available in IT services in the Australian market.
On 14 September, ASG appointed former DWS executive, Andrew Rose, as head of operations. Rose was DWS' (ASX:DWS) chief operations officer when the company made an offer to acquire SMS in February 2017.