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