The Tasmanian Treasury has issued a request for tenders on behalf of the Tasmanian Government for a $17 million information, communication and technology hardware contract that will provide new end-user equipment to government offices across the state.
The Treasury stated that it is seeking companies that are able to supply hardware and various IT support services throughout the whole state of Tasmania, adding them to its existing panel of contractors.
"The Department is seeking to add to the established panel of contractors, new contractors that can provide the information, communication and technology hardware and support services in a manufacturer/reseller environment," the government said in documentation released this week.
"The annual sales value of this contract is estimated to be in excess of $17 million," Treasury said. "The term of this contract is for a period commencing from the date of acceptance and concluding on 30 April 2013, with one additional option to extend for a further two years."
In order to be eligible to participate as a contractor, both manufacturers and resellers must submit a tender response. Only resellers which have established a relationship with a manufacturer — that is to say, have been nominated by a manufacturer in their application — will be eligible. A single tender-maker may be eligible to manufacture and supply as long as it could demonstrate a "physical and continuous presence" in Tasmania.
According to the request, the successful tender will provide Microsoft Windows-compatible desktop computers, laptop and tablets, as well as the associated services of deployment and maintenance of the new hardware and the consequent reallocation and decommissioning of old equipment. Tender-makers will also be asked to provide industry-standard server hardware technologies, such as Windows, Linux and Sun Microsystems technologies, including servers, storage and associated services.
General accessories for desktop, laptop and tablets, such as interface cards, multimedia drives, memory upgrades, keyboards, mice, monitors and laptop bags are also sought, together with network and stand-alone printers. The request for tenders will close on 6 May and the evaluation of the applications will be completed by early June. Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be informed by 1 July.