Commander masters IT for World Games

Commander is making a name for itself in event management with its latest appointment being the exclusive provider of IT infrastructure and services for the Melbourne 2002 World Masters Games.

Commander's data services division, formerly known as Centari, supplied $400,000 worth of software and hardware to manage registrations for the 25,000-plus participants. It was also charged with providing 24-hour IT support to ensure the smooth management of the Games over the nine days of the event.

As part of the contract, Queensland-based software developer Amlink Technologies was appointed to integrate its event management software into the Windows 2000 OS implemented by Commander.

Commander won the contract early this year, outshining four other contenders, including Logical. Darren Walton of Commander Data Services said it was Centari's previous experience in setting up short-term IT environments that gave it the edge over its competitors.

"When we were Centari, our counterparts were involved in a similar implementation with the Goodwill Games. We've also had experience in supplying infrastructure for Microsoft's annual technology education seminar, TechEd."

The contract was worth $160,000 over eight months, Walton said.