Incis fails to dent police project interest

Local IT companies have responded enthusiastically to the Police's latest hardware infrastructure plan.

Local IT companies have responded enthusiastically to the Police's latest hardware infrastructure plan.

Police spokesman Jon Neilson confirms that 41 companies have registered interest. According to a source at a briefing meeting called earlier this month, 80 people turned up.

Bidders include IBM, who some expected to steer clear of the deal, after the collapse of the Incis project, for which it was the major supplier.

The proposal is for “services that will cover: review and design of a new computing infrastructure architecture; rationalisation and migration of the existing NT domains into the new infrastructure and associated services”, as well as “ownership/financing and technology refresh options for current server, workstation and printers”.

This, says police spokesman Bruce Simpson, means the police are amenable to leasing some of the equipment involved.

This is in no sense a negative reflection on Incis, Simpson says. “Some of the gear [the hardware covered in the request] was replaced under Incis. Some of it was older. There’s nothing wrong with it; it’s just that it’s three or four years old.” He says it could be time for a possible refresh and a look around the market to see what’s “best practice” in management of IT assets, as well of the characteristics of the hardware itself.

Tenders will close on June 11, with a shortlist of bidders expected to be drawn up by August, Neilson says. From there, various government approvals have to be sought, and this makes the timing of the final selection less definite; but the successful applicant might be known and ready to take up its duties around October.

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