Australian Defence Department Invests in Technology Deals with Fujitsu and Kinetic IT

The Australian Defence Department has invested in three technology deals with Fujitsu and Kinetic IT. The three tech deals are valued at $190 million. The Fujitsu gets the largest share with three-year deal amounting $99.1 million. The deal includes desktop-related services for nearly 100,000 Defence personnel across more than 450 locations nationwide.

For now, Kinetic IT will provide ICT service desk and service integration management services, in two separate contracts set to run until September 2022, worth up to $59.1 million and $32.3 million.

The contracts replace existing distributed computing bundle of work agreements with Fujitsu and Unisys, with Unisys missing out following a drawn-out competitive tender process.

Under the banner of ‘regional ICT services’, Unisys originally held half of the IT support deal, and Fujitsu the other, in a deal first struck in 2008.

The $99 million deal with Fujitsu will see the technology provider offer desktop services, warehousing and asset management, in addition to VIP support, project services, formal messaging, and audiovisual services to the defence department.

Mike Foster, CEO of Australia and New Zealand at Fujitsu said: “This new contract provides an opportunity to leverage our extensive resources to ensure that Defence personnel have the support they need to carry out essential services Australia-wide and beyond”. He emphasised saying,  the contract enables the provider to “continue our long-standing relationship” with the department, which spans more than 20 years.

As part of Fujitsu’s Australian Industry Capability (AIC) plan for this contract, Mike Foster said Fujitsu will partner with a number of Australian SMEs and also include a number of indigenous partners in the delivery of services.

“Fujitsu has a strong understanding of the Department of Defence’s environment based on many years of experience with the department, which will help ensure continuity of services,” Foster added.

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