Welfare agency Centrelink has flagged plans to overhaul the way it procures a raft of ICT services, consolidating two separate panel contracts into one overarching deal with between 10 and 15 vendors.
The agency — one of Australia's largest single consumers of ICT
products and services — has previously used three separate panel
contracts to supply its needs, although it also holds much larger
ongoing contracts with single parties, for example IBM.
In tender documents released this week, Centrelink said it
would consolidate two of those panels into one, to cover services
relating to the diverse areas of applications
development and support, business intelligence, database,
mainframe, mid-range, desktop and mobile devices, network and
communications as well as security.
"Centrelink anticipates appointing approximately 10 to 15
members to the panel," the agency said in tender documents. The new
deal will not cover the supply of hardware or proprietary
The agency did not comment by the time of publication on who its
current suppliers were, but past analysis by ZDNet.com.au has
shown many of Australia's largest technology companies hold
contracts with Centrelink; IBM, CSC, Fujitsu's Kaz, Dimension Data,
Sun Microsystems and Acer, among others.
In the tender documents, Centrelink said it currently ran
multiple IBM mainframes running the z/OS operating system, a number
of mid-range servers running Solaris, Windows Server Linux and
Novell Netware, a storage area network, virtualised systems via
VMware and Lotus Domino mail servers running on Windows Server.
The agency runs a Cisco wide area network connecting its
offices, supplies its staff with Windows-based PCs, laptops and
mobile devices (although it also utilises BlackBerrys), and a
number of Teradata systems. It is known to run Acer on the desktop,
and makes much use of Cognos' software in its databases, along with
SAP for HR and financial systems. Centrelink has around 2000 ICT