NSW e-hub gets ready to roll

The NSW Government's selection of a winning bidder for its e-marketplace project will see the county's biggest online procurement system commence within months.

In the biggest contract in Australia's government sector so far this year a consortium of specialist IT companies has been contracted to build a $140 million e-procurement system, announced the NSW Government today.

Under the five-year contract estimated to be worth $24.6 million, Logica Australia has secured the prime contractor role for the Department of Public Works and Services' (DPWS), knocking off competitive tenders from Compaq and Fujitsu.

The contract will create 50 new jobs in NSW.

The electronic hub is worth more than $17 billion annually and would be used to process up to 11 million transactions, making it the largest system of its kind nationally according to the Minister for Public Works and Services, Morris Iemma.

Logica is leading a consortium of 12 other suppliers including German partner Intershop; financial and project consultancy Acumen Alliance; e-commerce specialist Pacific Commerce; software developer Agent; and staff provider Hi-Tech Personnel.

The other suppliers include Midac Media/Extreme Business; Web designers CCG.XM; QBT Consulting; integrator Aspect Consulting; e-commerce specialist eSilk; SecureNet and Solution 6.

Other governments, including Queensland and the Commonwealth, are close to Web-enabled procurement strategy decisions and are watching the NSW process closely.

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