CenITex leaves Unisys out in the cold

As of next month, the Victorian Government's new shared services agency CenITex will take over Unisys' role providing IT support services within two Victorian government departments.

As of next month, the Victorian Government's new shared services agency CenITex will take over Unisys' role providing IT support services within two Victorian government departments.

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Unisys' contract with the Departments of Premier and Cabinet, and Treasury and Finance will end next month and will not be renewed, a Unisys spokesperson told ZDNet.com.au, despite a relationship which went back 13 years.

The latest iteration of this relationship was pegged at $12 million over three years.

Instead of Unisys, Victoria's sparklingly new shared services agency CenITex, created with the aim of centralising ICT support to government departments and agencies to achieve economies of scale, will take over the work.

"The decision to take over providing IT support services to the departments of Premier and Cabinet and Treasury and Finance is a logical step in the Victorian Government's move to a centralised ICT service agency as the current outsourcing contract with Unisys for the two departments is about to end," Peter Blades, CEO of CenITex said in a statement.

Unisys and CenITex were working together to achieve a smooth transition, Blades continued.

Unisys Asia Pacific managing partner for the public sector Allen Koehn expressed no hard feelings. "We understand that the government is making a conscious decision to move to a centralised shared ICT services agency," he said.

CenITex was formed in July from two existing ICT shared services entities and was given a high level of autonomy. It will initially serve around 10,0000 users across six departments.

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