Startup takes on heavyweights in GIO tender battle

Fledgling Australian application services provider Quantum Internet Pty Ltd (Qi) will go head to head against outsourcing giant CSC to win a lucrative tender to Internet-enable GIO workers compensation claims.

Qi consultant Warwick Hearne said a select number of companies were invited to participate in the private tender process which is to "enhance the front end as well as handle the administrative processing of compensation claims".

Using BMC software, Qi's ASP offerings are aimed at business process outsourcing, an emerging hot spot in the Australian market.

A GIO spokeswoman confirmed tenders had been called for, pointing out there was one for the back-office processing of compensation claims and another for front-end Internet tools.

She was unwilling to disclose details of the tenders or dollar value.

GIO is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AMP which renegotiated the outsourcing of its IT infrastructure to CSC last year in a five-year deal worth $550 million.

AMP acquired GIO in 1999 in a $2.64 billion takeover.

Earlier this month Qi was awarded onsite certification from BMC for ASP best practices and Qi CEO Stephen Moss said the company is targetting the financial services sector, specifically insurance and superannuation.

"When you're at the enterprise hosting level it's about business not technology; technology is a given which is why choice of partner is so critical," Moss said.

CSC declined to comment on the current GIO tenders.

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