Customs confirms deal renewal with EDS

The Australian Customs Service has renewed its IT outsourcing agreement with business and technology solutions provider EDS, extending it for the second time in a AU$193 million contract.The 27-month extension until June 30, 2007, covers the delivery of IT infrastructure and applications management services.

The Australian Customs Service has renewed its IT outsourcing agreement with business and technology solutions provider EDS, extending it for the second time in a AU$193 million contract.

The 27-month extension until June 30, 2007, covers the delivery of IT infrastructure and applications management services. The renewal takes the total value of the contract to approximately AU$542 million since March 1998.

Chris Mitchell, managing director of EDS Australia, said the key focus of the EDS proposal was a reduction in IT unit costs while still delivering quality service to Customs.

The contract was initially extended for two years in early 2002, and was due to expire in March 2005.

EDS will continue to provide similar services, including infrastructure for mainframe and mid-range platforms to host applications, desktop support, application production support and helpdesk services.

The ACS is in the final stages of implementing its new cargo management platform.

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