Sydney reseller Ethan Group wins Microsoft Surface refresh contract with National Health and Medical Research Council

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Sydney reseller Ethan Group wins Microsoft Surface refresh contract with National Health and Medical Research Council

Ethan Group has secured a $507,000 Microsoft Surface rollout with the National Health and Medical Research Council, as the department undergoes a major refresh.

The contract, which will supply all staff of the medical research department with a new laptop, is a refresh in line with an organisation-wide strategy toward flexible and mobile working arrangements, according to a NHMRC spokesperson.

“The procurement was undertaken through the Commonwealth Government’s ICT Hardware and Associated Services Panel,” the spokesperson told CRN.

“With a number of vendors invited to quote, and two subsequently selected to provide the devices. These devices will give every staff member the ability to access the corporate network securely at their desks, in meeting rooms and outside the office.”

The second supplier was ForwardIT, which will support the Surface and accessories rollout through a $16,800 contract.  

“NHMRC is committed to being a flexible and modern workplace, accommodating the digital needs of its workforce. The agency is in the process of modernising its PC fleet with Microsoft surface devices.”

Ethan Group, which elected not to comment on the latest contract, has enjoyed a number of wins in recent history. The Sydney MSP and reseller’s recent haul includes several separate contracts with the Department of Human Services totalling about $27.1 million for the provision of computer equipment and accessories.

The company was also HP’s partner of the year for 2017.

Set up in 2015, the government’s ICT procurement panel is a mandatory portal for non-corporate Commonwealth entities to procure desktop PCs, mobile PCs, virtual desktop devices and monitors.

Associated services, as well as servers and server racks, are available to be optionally procured from this panel.

The current panellists include Data#3, Datacom and Dimension Data among others. The panel’s current term will expire at the end of June 2018.

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