Australia — Fujitsu and Defence enter into new ICT Partnership

Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary for Defence Sup­port, Dr Mike Kel­ly has announced Defence has tak­en anoth­er step in its Strate­gic Reform Pro­gram with the announce­ment today that it has entered into a new con­tract with IT prod­uct and ser­vices giant, Fujit­su.

Dr Kel­ly said Fujit­su has been engaged by Defence for the con­sol­i­da­tion and pro­vi­sion of Defence’s cen­tral infor­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­o­gy sup­port services. 

The announce­ment fol­lows a suc­cess­ful eval­u­a­tion process of those com­pa­nies who respond­ed to the Request for Ten­ders release in Jan­u­ary 2010 and sub­se­quent suc­cess­ful nego­ti­a­tions with the pre­ferred ten­der­er, Fujitsu.

Dr Kel­ly said the ini­tial term of the con­tract will be for a peri­od of three years at an approx­i­mate cost of $151.3 mil­lion for rou­tine oper­a­tional services.

Dr Kel­ly said that Defence’s sup­pli­ers will have a sig­nif­i­cant role to play in deliv­er­ing Defence’s strate­gic sourc­ing objec­tives, includ­ing improv­ing ser­vices and reduc­ing com­plex­i­ty and costs. 

“With­in a few years Defence aims to have few­er sup­pli­ers of ICT ser­vices. How­ev­er, those sup­pli­ers who are select­ed as key strate­gic part­ners will have increased respon­si­bil­i­ty and the oppor­tu­ni­ty to con­tribute direct­ly to Defence’s busi­ness out­comes”, Dr Kel­ly said. 

“I encour­age the ICT indus­try to active­ly par­tic­i­pate in these Defence ini­tia­tives”, he concluded.

Media Con­tact:
Elyse Gatt (Mike Kel­ly): (02) 6277 4840 or 0437 502 246
Defence Media Liai­son: (02) 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664 

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Australia 

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