Sydney technology provider Gruden migrates AusTender platform

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Sydney technology provider Gruden migrates AusTender platform
Gruden's Tim Parker

Sydney-based technology provider The Gruden Group has secured a $1.8 million contract to migrate the AusTender platform.

According to the announcement filed with the ASX, Gruden, an AWS-authorised government partner, will migrate AusTender to a "newer and improved" technology platform.

Gruden told CRN it could not comment about specific platforms.

AusTender is the whole-of-government procurement information and tender system launched in 2003. AusTender processes more than $60 billion per year in government contracts.

According to Gruden, the change won't be seen on the customer side, but will enhance the scalability and sustainability of the platform.

This work follows on from the release of a new set of capabilities within AusTender, known as Dynamic Sourcing for Panels, or DS4P, which allows agencies to manage all their panel procurements whilst leveraging the "familiarity and other functional strengths" of AusTender.

Gruden managing director of government practice Andrew Vidler told CRN: "Gruden was selected by the NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation in 2005 to take over the management of NSW eTendering and AusTender."

Gruden helped build and develop the platform, which was previously being developed internally. 

The technology provider will receive $835,500 in the 2017 financial year and the remaining balance in FY2018.

Tim Parker, chief executive of The Gruden Group, said: "This is yet another example of how Gruden is proving its credentials in the digital transformation space. This high-quality services revenue underpins our continued investment in our mobileDEN platform, which is delivering to our strategy of increased annuity revenue from licencing and transactions."

MobileDEN is Gruden's cloud-based engagement and transaction mobile technology platform.

Gruden has recently secured a $2.93 million contract with the New South Wales Small Business Commissioner (OSBC) to deliver and support a new system that will enhance the current user experience and services offered to small businesses.

Another recent project win is the creation of a cloud-based environment that will digitise the Public Records Office of Victoria, making data publicly searchable in the cloud.

Gruden will also be listed on the ICT Services Panel as a preferred supplier to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Gruden has more than 90 staff working in five offices across Australia and China.

The company is one of only six Australian providers accredited by the AWS Government Partner Program. Gruden is also a Premier Google partner, Sitecore Gold implementations partner and an Oracle Gold partner.

Gruden started 20 years ago when Todd Trevillion and Brent Trimnell-Ritchard's built Australia’s first online tax return system: Net Tax. Co-founder Trevillion told Startup Smart in April 2016 that at the time they were known as the "young faces that beat the ATO in rolling out its online tax return system".

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