Aussie Group signs outsourcing deal

Home loans company Aussie Group has signed a multimillion dollar, five-year deal to outsource the management of its IT&T environment.

Under the agreement, KAZ Group absorbs Aussie Group's 10 member IT department. Aussie Group's CIO Steve Lindsay will continue in his role and will manage the ongoing IT strategy and technical support activity for the company.

Kaz won the deal to provide 24x7 operational support over HP and Unisys partially because it was an Australian company and had a strong local presence as opposed to multinational service providers, an Aussie Group spokesperson said.

KAZ managing director Peter Kazacos told Computerworld the agreement includes end-to-end services including the management of servers, desktop, procurement and upcoming projects including the development of point of sale systems.

Established in 1992, non-bank lender Aussie Home Loans provides more than $9 billion in home loans to more than 120,000 Australians.

The company has a national network of offices in all capital cities and major regional centres, and more than 450 mobile mortgage advisers.

The company launched a new business model in September 2002, introducing its national mortgage broking operation, Aussie Mortgage Market.

A key part of the success of the Aussie Mortgage Market is Aussie’s custom-built application software program that is used by Aussie Mortgage Advisers to analyse clients’ needs to impartially recommend an appropriate mortgage solution.

Aussie Group's founder and managing director, John Symond said, "We want to be in the best position to adopt new technologies early – in order to deliver leading edge solutions to our customers and also to continue shaping the way the mortgage broking industry operates in Australia."

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