Kinetic IT signs $91m contracts

21/01/2019 - 13:10

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Perth-based company Kinetic IT has broken into the federal government market for the first time after signing two contracts with the Department of Defence worth a combined $91 million.

Michael North has overseen growth of Kinetic IT

Perth-based company Kinetic IT has broken into the federal government market for the first time after signing two contracts with the Department of Defence worth a combined $91 million.

Privately-owned Kinetic already has substantial interstate operations, with clients including Qantas and Victoria Police, but this is the first time it has won work in Canberra.

The two contracts are for the provision of ICT service desk operations and service integration and management of multiple suppliers and run for three years.

As part of the new agreement, Kinetic will establish a new office in Canberra, employ 180 to 200 staff, and commit $2.35 million for industry and community engagement in the region.

A third contract, worth $99 million, has been awarded to Fujitsu Australia to deliver national deskside support services for Defence over the next three years.

Kinetic chief executive Michael North attributed the company’s win to its proven performance in large government and commercial IT environments.

“Our track record transforming, streamlining and managing multi-vendor IT operations is something we’re really proud of, and we’re excited to take our unique style into the federal government arena,” he said.

“We’ll be working on behalf of Defence to integrate their services and coordinate multiple suppliers to bring increased alignment and optimisation of their IT operations.”

Kinetic said it would also transform the ICT support experience for Defence’s 100,000 personnel with a focus on end-user satisfaction.

“The service desk component will manage and streamline a single point of contact for ICT engagements and support the adoption of new technologies across the agency,” Mr North said.

Kinetic chief product officer Brett Roberts said the Defence deal followed the trending industry demand for organisations that could navigate complex IT environments and tailor solutions that unlocked improved business outcomes.

“We invest heavily in our capabilities in service integration and ,anagement and leading technologies to provide a true alternative in the ICT sector for large enterprises,” he said.

“We believe in fostering new talent to drive innovation, we’re proudly Australian owned and passionate about developing local skills and expertise.”

Assistant Defence Minister, Senator David Fawcett, said the contracts would provide Defence with efficient and economical ICT support services for all staff at military sites across Australia.

“Defence has been in negotiations with the successful tenderers to ensure that these contracts provide value for money and support military operations and business,” he said.

“I am excited to see Kinetic IT, an Australian-owned and operated company, introduce their operations into the federal government arena.” 

Senator Fawcett noted that Fujitsu had a long-standing relationship with Defence, with over 600 staff dedicated to Defence activities and contracts.

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