Canberra-headquartered managed IT service provider (MSP), OPC IT, has won a contract with the Australian Government's Department of Education and Training (DET) to migrate five of its websites from SharePoint to the govCMS Drupal 7 platform.
The contract win information was published by OPC on its blog. The company said that the challenge it faces in migrating these websites is replicating SharePoint functionality as closely as possible in Drupal, particularly ensuring that it works in the govCMS software-as-a-service (SaaS) environment.
The services provider was one of the first suppliers to be appointed to the Federal Government’s whole-of-government govCMS Drupal Services Panel in September 2017.
According to OPC IT operations manager for web services, Michael Goss, the new deal is the biggest contract the provider has been awarded since joining the panel.
The panel was established so all government agencies can buy the Drupal services from a range of service providers, including small and medium enterprises.
There are two offerings available to agencies within govCMS, a fully managed SaaS offering, and a self-managed platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering that provides web hosting.
The migration is already in progress and is expected to be completed in June.
"These five DET websites cover a wide range of subject matter including requirements and procedures for higher education, overseas study, assistance for financing tertiary study, skills assessment and licence recognition," Goss wrote in the blog post.
According to OPC, the benefits govCMS offers to agencies go beyond the financial benefits derived from not paying licencing costs, as it offers agencies with limited resources and staff the security and necessary skills to manage their websites whilst complying with Australian Government standards around design, accessibility, privacy, security and information/records management.
OPC IT was established in 1985 and currently, its 30 plus headcount, services businesses in Canberra and surrounding areas with clients ranging from education, government and small-medium business.
"OPC's credibility and extensive experience in migrating websites to govCMS contributed to us edging out all competitors in the Drupal space nationwide to win this prestigious contract through the Digital Marketplace," Goss wrote.
The provider has just acquired Sennell, an ICT infrastructure design and management firm which will grow OPC IT's client base from 60 to 100.