Inland Revenue has chosen Unisys as the preferred supplier for its FIRST mainframe contact.
IRD issued a request for tender to Unisys and Hewlett-Packard last October. In 2011 it had sought registrations of interest to identify suppliers who could supply a range of mainframe-related services to meet its business requirements for the next five years.
The department says in response to inquiries from Computerworld that the RFT provides continuity of services in support of IRD’s on-going tax and social policy obligations.
“The cost of the five-year contract and the companies involved cannot be disclosed due to commercial confidentiality,” IRD says in a statement. “No new additional funding has been sought from the government for this contract.”
FIRST is the IRD’s core computer system and is more than 20 years old. Cabinet recently approved a 10-year project to modernise and update the systems for a cost of up to $1.5 billion.
The contract for which Unisys has been named preferred supplier takes effect in 2014.
A source close to the deal says it is likely to be worth up to $40 million, including the cost of a replacement mainframe.