Elders networks to boost response times

KAZ Computer Services has signed off on a $1.5 million deal this month with pastoral house, Elders, for one of the largest IBM hardware installations in corporate Australia.

Under the agreement, KAZ replaced around 800 computer terminals with IBM network computers at Elders, a provider of wool and livestock marketing, real estate, insurance and risk management services to the rural sector.

KAZ also rolled out a new TCP/IP network to 261 Elders branches nationally, a company statement said.

Elders manager of IT infrastructure Andre Laubscher said the company revamped its hardware infrastructure to improve response times to its branches .

"Moving away from a proprietary network restricted the range of applications that could be delivered to our branches," he said.

"The TCP/IP network is easy to support and overcomes a lot of the difficulties in providing remote support to our branch network. In addition, our branch staff will have direct access to applications such as e-mail, intranet and Internet."

During the 20-week project, KAZ worked with its network carrier, Telstra, and with network management services provider Marconi in what the company called a "complex implementation" to rural areas.

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