CSC inks $25m IT contract with Powercor-CitiPower

The new five-year deal extends the relationship between the Victorian utility and CSC

Victorian electricity distributor Powercor-CitiPower has extended its IT services contract with global IT provider CSC for an additional five-year period, worth $25 million.

Under the deal, CSC will provide a number of IT services, including infrastructure managed services and services such as security, architecture and program management to Powercor-CitiPower.

The electricity supplier services over a million customers in the Melbourne, Central and Western Victorian areas.

Powercor-CitiPower general manager IT services, Glen McLean, said CSC’s partnership approach, cultural fit and long-term commitment to the partnership had been key to the last ten years.

“Powercor-CitiPower will continue to evolve its service capability as part of extending the CSC relationship and will increase the use of CSC’s Global Centers of Excellence to improve our ability to respond and scale to industry demands,” McLean said in a statement.

“Powercor-CitiPower will also mature its Service Model by integrating best of breed solutions and processes to monitor and manage an increasingly complex technology environment.”

Currently, CSC manages the distributor’s infrastructure including hosting production systems at its Melbourne data.

The IT provider also won a contract with Western Australia’s Department of Health in May, worth $6.3 million for the implementation of a patient administration system (PAS) by the end of 2011.

Under the deal, CSC will deploy the system, which stores personal information about patients of public health facilities and helps manage care from admission to discard, to the two hospital campuses, quashing assumptions the system wouldn’t be in place for another three years.

The Federal Department of Defence also selected the vendor for a five-year, $56 million IT contract in February this year, to develop and implement an electronic health information system for the Australian Defence Force.

The system, dubbed as Joint eHealth Data and Information (JeHDI), was pegged to be one of the first comprehensive e-health records projects in Australia, according to CSC Australia president, Gavin Larkings.

“This project is an important example of a modernised health system optimising the use of e-health technologies to provide the right healthcare at the right time in the right place,” he said in a statement at the time.

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