SA govt preps for 2012 procurement

The South Australian Government is planning a briefing with the IT industry to discuss the next items in its strategic ICT procurement program.

The South Australian Government is planning a briefing with the IT industry to discuss the next items in its strategic ICT procurement program.

The government plans to approach the market on a number of planned procurements set for the first half of this year, according to its procurement program status document (PDF), including finding new vendors for network services and equipment contracts (including an internet service provider (ISP0 contract and PABX maintenance support contract), as well as messaging and Microsoft software licensing and services contracts.

The procurement strategy for networking and messaging services is being approved, while the department plans a direct approach to Microsoft for its licensing and services contract, according to the strategic ICT procurement program status document. The Microsoft deal was estimated at $50 million for a three-year period.

Currently, Dimension Data provides network support and maintenance under a three-year contract, which ends on 31 July 2012 and the government valued at $80 million, according to a document detailing completed procurements under the strategic sourcing program (PDF). Internode has provided ISP services to the government for the last six years. The government expected its ISP spend over three years to be $3.8 million. The messaging services contract, for an Exchange 2007 messaging service, is currently held by Telstra. The government estimated the spend over a three-year term to be $17.2 million.

Procurement for storage equipment, mainframe computing services, hosting services and Microsoft large account reseller contracts are still on the cards for later consideration.

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