The high cost of Defence IT spending revealed

New tool shows tens of millions spent on IT by Defence in just one month

Defence is known to be a big spender on IT, but just how much it does spend is now available to the public through a new web-based tool.

The tool allows users to break down Defence contract spending by month between 1997 and 2009.

A sampling of the expenditure only on IT contracts for the month of January 2009 reveals this shopping list:

  • $6.9 million paid to IBM Australia for technical support ($6.04 million) and WebSphere licences ($48,579).

  • The company also picked up a further $1 million for other software and server infrastructure during the month.

  • Optus was paid $2.45 million for Satellite services.

  • Savi Technology was paid $2.66 million for RFID licence maintenance support.

  • Southeren Cross Computing picked up some $3.46 million in business for financial systems and other services.

  • Ricoh Finance received $1.69 million for the supply and maintenance of high speed printing equipment

  • Kaz picked up $1.49 million for professional services and other services.

  • UXC, working on Defence’s personnel management key solution (PMKeyS), picked up $1.17 million

  • CSC picked up $1.3 million for financial systems and other support.

  • Dimension Data received $0.95 million for communications equipment.

  • Symantec Asia Pacific got $0.83 million for support and maintenance for existing storage software

  • $0.6 million was paid to Getronics for computer equipment.

  • The supply of professional services was also lucrative with $0.4 million going to Oakton, $0.4 million to EMC, and $0.37 million to EDS.

The revelation in Defence spending follows the announcement in February that Defence had awarded a $51 million contract for the provision of command and control systems support services to Thales Australia.

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