IBM Global Services Australia (IBM GSA) has finally snared the network outsourcing deal with the Victorian Police which is reputed to be worth over $100 million over five years.
In a tender process that began in June 1997, IBM GSA was up against arch-rivals GE Capital IT Solutions and CSC, amongst others, for the rights to manage the department's mainframe data centre, WAN and LAN networks, a help-desk facility, application development and the implementation of a new desktop infrastructure.
The entire operation will span 400 police stations and incorporate the installation of over 7000 computer devices and 5200 desktops.
Chief Commissioner Neil Comrie was satisfied that IBM GSA could facilitate this process because it provided "advanced computing facilities that will reduce administrative tasks and free up more police for operational duties".
IBM GSA's general manager, public sector, Michael Dixon, acknowledged that IBM's "experience in this area" and its ability to "review the latest technologies coming out of our research laboratories" ensured it of the contract.