Done deals

A quick survey of government ICT contracts awarded over the break

By far the largest tender awarded over the Christmas break (though with no price attached as this tax spend is considered "confidential") was the Microsoft Large Account Reseller Tender under which all publicly-funded New Zealand schools will receive their Microsoft software. The two-year contract went to Datacom Systems.

The Royal New Zealand Navy bought up to $1.5 million of SAN storage and backup from Infinity Solutions, which was acquired by Fujitsu NZ late last year. The Navy also spent up to $225,000 on Riverbed Steelhead WAN optimisers from Computer Brokers.

New Zealand Defence Force spent about up to $1.5 million on a small arms retaliatory target system to "provide live-fire training for individuals and sub-units during minor tactic procedures, against a simulated enemy". SAAB Training Systems, of Sweden, will supply.

The State Services Commission contracted Independent Quality Assurance NZ to provide QA to its All-of-government Authentication Programme, a contract valued up to $150,000. It also contracted Wellington-based Eproductions to provide up to $225,000 of services for the development, upgrade and maintenance of the Secure Shared Workspaces (SSW) and the Public Service Intranet (PSI) for three-years from July 2007 to June 2010.

The Ministry for the Environment contracted Lincoln University to deliver phase one of its Eco-Verification Directory, a "stock-take and analysis of eco-labels, eco-standards and rating tools relevant to New Zealand producers, suppliers, exporters and purchasers". Data collected will be used to inform software design and populate a web-based directory in phase two of the project, subject to a later tender.

Otago University will research the digital information literacy of tertiary students and staff and its "impact on lifelong learning, productivity and workplace innovation in New Zealand" for the Ministry of Education and be paid up to $125,000 to do so.

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