Sydney Water signs business intelligence vendor

Sydney Water signs business intelligence vendor

Summary: Sydney Water has signed an extensive deal with vendor Business Objects to assist in the utility's business intelligence program, with a larger contract on leased IT assets still being decided on. In April, Sydney Water went out to tender for help with its burgeoning business intelligence (BI) program, and it identified data associated with its water quality and hydraulics monitoring operations as early project priorities.

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Sydney Water has signed an extensive deal with vendor Business Objects to assist in the utility's business intelligence program, with a larger contract on leased IT assets still being decided on.

In April, Sydney Water went out to tender for help with its burgeoning business intelligence (BI) program, and it identified data associated with its water quality and hydraulics monitoring operations as early project priorities.

A spokesperson for the utility yesterday told ZDNet Australia the contract had been awarded to Business Objects. In April it was revealed services consultancy Oakton had also been engaged to help with the programme.

The contract was hotly contested, with Business Objects beating out some of Australia's largest IT services firms, including IBM, Fujitsu and KAZ. Around 20 different groups applied for the work.

Sydney Water provides drinking water, wastewater and stormwater services to four million Sydney, Blue Mountains and Illawarra residents. The organisation has over 3,500 staff.

Initial data volumes for the BI project are expected to be around 800Gb.

The spokesperson also said Sydney Water was still considering offers for another, much larger contract put on the market in early July.

That deal will cover products and services to support Sydney Water's extensive leased IT fleet, which includes at least 4,000 PCs and notebooks, 512 printers and 284 servers.

Those devices are currently owned by Macquarie Bank and provided under lease arrangements designed to minimise risk, with Dell's managed services division providing services for the assets. These two contracts will be consolidated into a single arrangement to take effect from 1 January 2007.

Although some 40-50 individuals representing local IT suppliers attended a 7 July briefing on the contract at Sydney Water's Bathurst St, Sydney HQ, only Hewlett Packard, IBM, Dell and ADNet Technology submitted offers for the contract.

Sydney Water's chief information officer Tim Gatby declined to be interviewed.

Topics: Dell, Big Data, Hewlett-Packard, IBM

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  • Sydney Water is not interested in even knowing about water projects that will enormously increase the supply of water. When was the last time Sydney Water publicly promoted projects equivalent to the Snowy Mountains Scheme, such as the Clarence River Scheme or the Reid River Scheme? Instead, they want to spend money on "save water" and "sustainability" marketing campaigns, and throw money at software vendors who outsource/offshore their labour force, in order to penny pinch and promote themselves as a target for privatisation so that the bankers can make a fortune and citizens must pay hefty prices for something (i.e. water) that should be free.
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