A new public agreement has been reached, which will make it easier for government authorities to acquire IBM products and services. „In addition to the discounted prices, the new agreement has other benefits such as access to software upgrades over the life of the contract and other innovations developed by IBM,“ said Keenan. „This agreement is proof of our forty-year partnership with the Australian government. He demonstrates confidence and faith in our ability to transform and deliver world-leading skills using our investments in AI, blockchain, quantum and cloud locally. We look forward to helping the Australian Government redefine the digital experience for the benefit of all Australians.“ The five-year blockbuster deal is expected to deliver savings and benefits of more than $100 million to taxpayers, and distributors should also benefit from a structured agreement so that suppliers can work with Big Blue throughout the process. The contract with Defence is the latest from IBM`s agreement and follows the Australian Tax Office (ATO), which in June signed a $158.3 million contract usured from the agreement on routine support and service maintenance for its existing IBM software. As part of the agreement, the tech giant offers services such as software solutions and IT support, cloud services, as well as the construction and maintenance of IT systems. The deal, the largest ever negotiated by the Australian government, includes multi-brand solutions with IBM hardware, software and cloud-based solutions and includes innovation programs in the areas of cybersecurity research and quantum compensation. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has taken a bite of $158.3 million from the Digital Transformation Agency`s (DTA) $1 billion sale deal with IBM in 2018 for $1 billion. „All government agreements are in line with the findings of the 2017 ICT Procurement Task Force report, which recommended a coordinated process of important IT procurement and IT supplier relationships,“ Keenan`s announcement said. In addition to the IBM agreement, DTA has entered into a number of purchase and volume agreements related to purchase and volume. In a report, ANAO claimed that DTA was unable to demonstrate that the agreements were cheap for money.
When announcing the deal, then-Human Services Minister Michael Keenan said the sales contract was designed to offer the „best prices“ for all departments and agencies, regardless of size or expense. . . .