Proposals to outsource aspects of the NSW
railways' ICT operations are gaining pace with a who's who of the
services community eager to grab what is likely to be a lucrative
piece of business.
According to the NSW government's tenders Web site, IBM Global
Services, CSC Australia, Fujitsu, Unisys and Telstra services
have responded to RailCorp's request for services companies
to express preliminary interest in securing the ICT outsourcing
RailCorp is selecting a short-list of companies that
would participate in any request-for-tender stage.
Details of what RailCorp is planning on the ICT outsourcing
front are sketchy, with the tender documents protected by a password
restricted to prospective respondents and officials from the rail
body unwilling to shed much additional light on the topic.
A spokesperson today issued a statement
indicating that no firm decision to outsource had yet been made.
"RailCorp is currently undertaking market testing to determine
industry's ability to provide Information [and] Communications
Technology (ICT) Group's service and support centre services," he
"Following current market testing, RailCorp may review options
to more formally seek proposals from the industry."
The outsourcing proposal is the latest step in the reform of
the state's troubled rail system and comes just over two years
after the government merged two existing bodies to form the Rail
Infrastructure Corporation to manage the passenger rail network
The proposal is just one element of a plan put in place by
Vicky Coleman, Railcorp's first chief information officer, to
reform the organisation's ICT operations. If the railway proceeds
with outsourcing, up to 200 staff could be affected.