Data#3 (ASX:DTL) has been named as the sole provider of Microsoft licensing solutions on the Australian Government’s new whole-of-government software procurement arrangement.
The new win, which comes as a result of a competitive tender process, sees Data#3 once again retain its coveted position as the sole whole-of-government Microsoft licensing provider under the new panel.
Data#3 held the position as sole provider on the pre-existing whole-of-government Microsoft Large Account Reseller (LAR) Deliverables procurement panel, which is being replaced by the new panel under the DTA.
The deal comes several months after it emerged that the Federal Government’s Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) would lead the development of a new whole-of-government software licensing and services procurement (SLS) panel.
The DTA, which grew out of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Digital Transformation Office (DTO), put the call out on 17 July 2017 to potential suppliers to provide feedback on the proposed panel.
The proposed procurement arrangement was intended to improve the existing system for software licensing within government and provide an opportunity for more providers to sell to government bodies.
The new panel category is set to replace the existing reseller arrangement for Microsoft licensing that is due to expire this month.
Initially, the new panel was set to claim just one category: Microsoft Licensing. In the future, however, more categories will be added for other software licensing and related services.
From March 2018, non-corporate Federal Government entities will be required to use the Microsoft Licensing category of the panel if they choose to purchase Microsoft software, according to the DTA.
The pre-existing whole-of-government Microsoft Large Account Reseller (LAR) Deliverables procurement panel, which was established in March 2012, claimed just one supplier, Data#3 Limited.
“Data#3 has provided software and services to the Australian Government for many years,” Data#3 CEO and managing director, Laurence Baynham, said. “We are pleased that the skills and knowledge provided by our team across government is valued.
"In winning this significant contract, we have committed to a business relationship that is based on trust, innovation, and the delivery of successful outcomes.
“We look forward to working with the DTA and all associated entities, helping them to leverage innovative technology and to provide benefit to the Australian economy,” he said.
The new win comes as the DTA takes another step in its efforts to give smaller IT suppliers a better chance to compete for public sector work, releasing a Request for Information (RFI) on 9 March for its proposed Hardware Marketplace.
Eight major Federal Government IT procurement panels came under the auspices of the DTA from the beginning of May last year.
Among the procurement panels to make the journey to the Agency from the Department of Finance, where they have resided for years, was the Government’s cloud services panel, the mobile panel, the telecommunications services panel and the data centre services panel.