IRD extends contract with HP for mainframe support

Inland Revenue evaluating request for tender issued to HP and Unisys

Inland Revenue has extended for a year its FIRST mainframe support contract with Hewlett-Packard. The contract was due to expire early in 2013.

In 2011, IRD sought registrations of interest to identify suppliers who could supply the range of mainframe-related services to meet its business requirements for at least the next five years.

A request for tender was issued to HP and Unisys on October 15, 2012. An IRD spokesman says the tender responses are currently being evaluated.

FIRST is the IRD’s core computer system and is now more than 20 years old. A briefing to Inland Revenue Minister Peter Dunne last year said that over the next 10 years, modernising and partially replacing FIRST could cost between $1 billion and $1.5 billion.

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