The Victorian Government’s Department of Justice and Regulation has handed ASG Group a landmark contract for the provision of a secure platform for the cloud hosting of selected applications.
It is understood that the deal is one of the most significant contracts of this nature for ASG Group in Australia to date, which likely puts the value of the deal in the vicinity of tens of millions of dollars over the course of the agreement.
Broadly, the long-term, multi-year contract will see ASG and its partner, Macquarie Telecom, provide the state’s Department of Justice and Regulation with a flexible, cloud-based service to support and operate various applications.
ASG said the cloud-based service will feature flexible “dial up + dial down” pricing, with the ability to roll-on and roll-off applications as needed.
As part of the deal, ASG will also help the Department deliver on the Victorian Government’s cloud-first policy, which sees it use infrastructure, platform, and software-as-a-service for both protected and unprotected applications.
The Victorian Department of Justice and Regulation is one of seven departments within the Victorian public sector. It operates in one of the most sensitive areas of the Victorian Government, claiming some of the highest levels of security and governance base case requirements.
The Department claims more than 8,800 employees in over 50 business units and service agencies in Melbourne and across Victoria.
ASG Group’s chief operating officer Dean Langenbach said the new cloud service contract would not only deliver the “highest levels of security and performance” to the Department, but should also produce material efficiencies for the state Government entity.
“The Victorian Government is at the forefront of adopting the Federal Government’s security classification system and the ASG-DJR contract is a very early example of the transformation that will be possible and, indeed, demanded,” Langenbach said.
Work on the project begins this month.
The deal comes just over a month after the integrator, which is owned by Japan’s Nomura Research Institute (NRI), won a $16.5 million contract with Queensland water utility company, Unitywater, to migrate all its IT to Microsoft Azure public cloud.
As part of that five-year contract, ASG is also providing ongoing management of Unitywater’s infrastructure and applications. The contract allows for a two-year extension.
ASG has been making a concerted effort to talk up its major contract wins since openly taking aim the big IT players in Australia’s enterprise and government space after unveiling its new consolidated brand following the completion of its post-acquisition integration with SMS Management & Technology.
The acquisition came after a drawn out bidding war between fellow publicly-listed Australian IT services player, DWS (ASX:DWS) and ASG Group.
Along with the integration and new branding comes a new focus on the upper end of the market that is largely populated by big enterprise and Federal Government customers, and the global systems integrators that habitually service them.