Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) has acquired Canberra-based Web design and development company eDIME, in an attempt to maintain a stranglehold on Government IT contracts.eDIME has developed Web sites for a large number of Federal Government agencies, and also acts as an Iinternet consultancy firm for large Government projects such as elections. It developed, hosted and managed two of the largest Internet events in Australian history, Election '98 and the 1999 Referendum, which received 8 million and 12 million hits respectively.
"We have the biggest portfolio of Government Web sites in Australia, with 35 Government agencies on board," said Marcus Dawe, managing director of eDIME, who has since taken the position of National Business Development Manager for e-business at CSC. "CSC brings us big project management experience and back-end integration capabilities."
Considering his extensive relations with Federal Government agencies, Dawe distanced himself from the recent ANAO audit report which slammed the inefficiency and mismanagement of Government outsourcing contracts, one of which involved CSC.
"We are totally isolated from the 'whole-of-Government' outsourcing branch of CSC," he said. "Our clients see this deal more as eDime gaining more resources."