Empired hand-picked by NEC Australia for WA whole-of-government IT panel

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Empired hand-picked by NEC Australia for WA whole-of-government IT panel
Russell Baskerville, Empired

Empired has been chosen as a key subcontractor to Western Australia's whole-of-government IT procurement panel under NEC Australia.

The GovNext-ICT initiative requires all WA government departments to purchase all IT services through one contract with three providers: NEC Australia, Datacom, and Atos.

The state government is expected to spend $15 million in services through the panel over the five-year contract term, with an option to extend for a further five years. The deal was struck with the three IT providers earlier this year, in a move that is expected to save the state between $65 million and $80 million.

NEC has chosen Empired for an exclusive role within its consortium as a subcontractor to provide the core collaboration functions in a cloud environment for the GovNext-ICT platform. Empired will also deliver centralised directory services, centralised identity services and certificate authority.

Services will be provided on a per-user, consumption-based pricing model.

Empired said the service had the potential to scale beyond the 140,000 WA government users based on broader agency takeup of the GovNext-ICT platform.

Empired managing director Russell Baskerville said the company's inclusion was a testament to its capabilities and investment in cloud-based services.  “We are excited about this strategic and unique opportunity to deliver cloud services across WA government. Given our ICT capabilities, Empired is well placed to provide broader cloud based solutions as the GovNext-ICT framework evolves.”

Much like NEC, Empired is no stranger to large government IT projects, having been named on the federal government's cloud services panel for 2017.

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