ComSuper preps $20m IT overhaul

Canberra’s IT spend still running hot

ComSuper, the federal government agency responsible for superannuation administration services for public servants, will spend at least $20 million over the next financial year to replace its IT systems.

During the 2006 financial year ComSuper implemented the PSSap administration system, and new online services, and the IT group moved to adopt best practice methods for IT governance and project management.

While overall availability of IT systems and infrastructure during the year was high, independent risk assessments undertaken to examine the sustainability of ComSuper's defined benefit systems indicated they were not sustainable into the future, according to the last annual report.

To address such risks, ComSuper has commenced work on a strategic plan to retire and replace its existing defined benefit processing platforms.

The new IT systems development is expected to take between 3 and 4 years.

To begin the process, ComSuper will be hold an industry briefing session during August to provide industry with an overview of its requirements and desired outcomes.

Although specific details of what type of IT systems ComSuper intends to procure will be determined after the industry briefing, the annual procurement plan for 2007 and 2008 indicates a raft of upgrades in the pipeline.

ComSuper will go to market for PABX and phone support services, a storage systems upgrade, computer room air-conditioning, Novell support services, an enterprise backup solution, replacement for desktop computers, a data centre redesign, an IT security program, a content management system, transactional banking services, new network switches and an IDS, service desk software, and a disaster recovery solution.

If all that isn't enough, a centralized logging project will go ahead and new plasma and LCD screens will be purchased.

ComSuper has about 700 staff located in its head office at Belconnen, Canberra.

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