NT signs $2.7m messaging, groupware deal

The Northern Territory government last Friday signed a contract with NT-based Computer Support & Maintenance (CSM) for the provision of messaging and groupware services for the whole of government.

In the three-year, $2.7 million a year deal, effective from July 1, CSM will take over delivery of services to all NT agencies and departments. Ken Simpson, acting CEO of the NT Department of Corporate and Information Services (DCIS), said this represents close to 10,000 user seats.

Under the contract, CSM is responsible for the implementation of Lotus Notes across all desktops.

According to Simpson, while some agencies and departments already use Lotus Notes, those that do not will be moved across.

It is understood that CSM was selected for the contract ahead of other tenderers, Compaq and IBM Global Services Australia.

Simpson said the deal is the first government outsourcing contract since the outsourcing strategy was announced last December.