MAF is well along the process of checking that the IT it puts up for tender is being handled by the right provider at the right price.
The agriculture and forestry ministry is re-tendering its IT support services — currently provided by Gen-i — but is yet to announce the winner of an earlier tender for critical intelligence software to be deployed in the event of an animal disease outbreak.
For its hardware, the ministry recently appointed Dell, Logical CSI and others as suppliers.
The earlier tender, which closed on November 14 last year, called for response management software, a GIS system compatible with MAF’s GIS infrastructure and a web-based application interface. Crystal Reports and interoperability with other government databases such as AgriBase and Linz were also required.
The preferred respondent was to have been selected by the end of January, though MAF spokeswoman Phillipa White told Computerworld last week that the tendering process is now complete. “But we’re still working through a number of contract details, so it’s not appropriate to say who’s been appointed.”
Other requirements for the outbreak management package include all information being accessible from a single repository and round-the-clock support in the event of an outbreak.