Newly formed ‘Lift Alliance’ wins major contract with WA Department of Education
- Date 24 Jun 2021
- Filed under Media Release
Kinetic IT and NRI today announced they had won a major new contract with the West Australian Government, working closely with local IT companies as part of a new strategic alliance.
A consortium called the LIFT Alliance, which brings together specialist IT providers based in WA, will provide the WA Department of Education with specialist end-to-end ICT services and the creation of a local innovation centre.
The highly competitive tender process saw significant attention from service providers based in Australia and as well as several global organisations.
Under the contract, Kinetic IT and NRI will provide end-to-end ICT services including user experience, advisory, solutions development, application management service and infrastructure managed services, which will be critical to the implementation of a new ICT operating model for the Department.
Department of Education Chief Information Officer David Dans said the new arrangement was more than ‘just a contract’.
“With the LIFT Alliance, we have set the foundation for a modern and flexible partnership focused on our fundamental purpose – supporting the education of our kids,” Mr Dans said.
Kinetic IT Chief Executive Officer Michael North said the innovative contract arrangement would deliver a seamless technology experience to the Department.
“As prime contractor for the WA Department of Education deal, we’ll provide a single point of accountability for technology services, while collaborating with complementary providers to meet the Department’s goals,” he added.
“Education is a cornerstone of Kinetic IT’s origin story and I am incredibly proud to continue our role supporting the next generation of students in WA.”
“I’m excited to bring together these best-of-breed technology providers, each founded in WA, to support a vision in which every student can fulfil their potential through the power of technology,” Mr North said.
The strategic alliance between NRI and Kinetic IT brings together the strength and experience of Kinetic IT and NRI, providing a comprehensive and tailored IT solution.
NRI Australia and New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Dean Langenbach said the formation of the alliance with Kinetic IT and its first contract win together reinforced the value of working closely with local providers to ensure world-class services while committing to local jobs and investment.
Mr Langenbach said securing the WA Department of Education contract would set the stage for the alliance to tender for new and significant work in the near future, with a continuing focus on creating more local and regional jobs, expanding the Indigenous traineeship programme, and establishing regional IT hubs.
“As a result of winning this contract, the alliance is in an excellent position to offer a diverse range of traineeship opportunities, including 10 indigenous traineeships through aligned Indigenous participation strategies.”
“I am excited about the future of our collaboration with Kinetic IT and look forward to working closely as we continue to tender on a number of upcoming deals,” Mr Langenbach said.
As part of the alliance, Kinetic IT and NRI will partner on a number of upcoming government tenders across Australia.
Original article, written by Danielle Le Messurier, published in The West Australian, June 24th, 2021. Original article found here.