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.