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Rival IT services firms will go head to head over the market in Western Australia as CSC and Kaz Computer Services flaunt revamped data centre offerings.

A deal with international accounting group Grant Thornton has seen Kaz Computer Services sign its first client to its newly established WA data centre.

Grant Thornton in Perth is extending its relationship with Kaz Computer Services from an IT support role to a three-year, full service, IT outsourcing deal. This will make the Perth branch the only Grant Thornton Australia network to outsource its entire operations.

Kaz also hopes to capture some government tenders for the data centre, which the provider claims was designed in part to accommodate additional demand from the WA public sector.

Local outsourcers await the outcome of tenders for government work submitted under the new SPIRIT scheme (a framework to standardise all government IT procurement in the state), Kaz said.

Competitor IT services firm Computer Sciences Corporation will also extend its WA offering with the opening of a new State corporate headquarters at Subiaco in Perth.

In an attempt to create better efficiencies, CSC will consolidate its three Perth offices into a new headquarters. The first of CSC's WA staff is expected to move into the 5000sq metre building in mid-2003. The data centre staff will remain in the building in East Perth, while CSC's call centre will move to the newly constructed Subiaco headquarters.

CSC Australia's chief executive George Bell said, "Consolidating the three Perth offices into one new building reflects CSC's business strategy of managed growth through even better customer service and efficiency."

CSC's WA leader Bruce Dinsdale says the move will complete the integration of the corporation's activities in the State.

"The existing situation is the legacy of CSC's acquisition of GECITS (GE Capital Information Technology Solutions) two years ago and the subsequent acquisition of BHP IT," he said. "The creation of the combined corporate headquarters is an exciting development which completes the unification of the businesses.

"The move will bring extra efficiencies and economies which will further enhance the cost-effectiveness of the services we provide to customers."

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