Geoscience Australia to up its finanical management

Will also look to virtualise its Oracle EBusiness servers

Geoscience Australia is to implement a new financial management and information system (FMIS) application support and database administration service.

The government agency’s FMIS is based on the Oracle E-Business suite, Oracle EBusiness, and has been in operation for 10 years at its Symonston ACT facility.

Geoscience Australia, the country’s national geoscience research and information organisation, has approximately 30 personnel regularly using the FMIS and another 600 personnel that primarily use the suite's iExpenses module.

In tender documents, Geoscience Australia said it was seeking application support services, database administration services, and related services such as project management, business process improvement and configuration management and testing to help with the deployment.

FMIS support currently occurs through a combination of in-house hardware and operating system support, and external application support and database administration services. System administration services are provided in house.

The organisation’s desktop IT environment predominantly consists of PC workstations running Windows XP, providing the environment for Oracle E-Business suite of applications and databases, scientific applications and office administration.

According to the tender documents, much of the hardware in the current FMIS was due for upgrade. As such, Geoscience Australia is looking to implement a solution which also reduced the overall number of physical systems by use of virtualisation.

“It is proposed to move from the current collection of Sun V240/V480s onto a Sun M4000 Enterprise system, and from Solaris 8 to Solaris 10; to standardise versions with other internal Oracle database systems,” the documents read.

“It is envisioned that this approach - in conjunction with a broader adoption of SAN storage and virtualisation - will provide a more flexible architecture for business continuity.”

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