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NEC Australia drives IT systems for SA’s chief health research organisation

Date: 7 October 2014
Category:  Government

Melbourne - 7 October 2014 - NEC Australia, a leading technology solutions and services provider, has announced it has been appointed as the primary ICT managed services provider to the South Australia Health Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).

In this project, NEC Australia has secured a multi-year contract to deliver end-to-end ICT managed services to South Australia’s flagship health and medical research organisation, SAHMRI.

The five-year contract, valued at approximately $7.2 million, utilises the breadth of NEC Australia’s industry leading solutions and innovation across networking, telephone, video conferencing, audio visual, cloud, applications, security and identity management services.

SAHMRI is a $200M Federal and State Government funded initiative and is South Australia’s premier health and medical research institute. Through collaboration and innovative research, SAHMRI's primary goal is to discover better treatments and cures for some of the world’s most challenging diseases.

SAHMRI produces ground-breaking health and medical research by facilitating collaboration among universities, relevant research institutions and the government. It aims to become an Australian centre of excellence, both locally and internationally, and this depends greatly on its ability to provide researchers with a highly-collaborative and secure environment.

To achieve this however, the organisation needed a solution that could support its unique operating conditions. SAHMRI’s iconic 25,000 square-metre facility houses state of the art laboratories and medical equipment that are used by 600 researchers specialising in research in cancer; heart health; nutrition and metabolism; healthy mothers, babies and children; infection and immunity; mind and brain; and Aboriginal health. Its research community is also drawn from three universities in Adelaide, CSIRO, SA Health and SA Data Link.

During SAHMRI’s highly competitive market engagement process, NEC Australia was able to outshine competitors by rapidly demonstrating a sound understanding of the research organisation’s strategic objectives -- and how technology could support that.

“SAHMRI needed a technology partner that understood our purpose, ambitions and operating environment. Despite being engaged very late in our procurement process, NEC impressed us by presenting a holistic solution based on what we had outlined in our requirements. This distinguished NEC Australia’s proposal from others and we’re confident it is the most effective way for us to achieve our goals,” said Steve Wesselingh, Executive Director SAHMRI.

To that end, NEC Australia ran a workshop for SAHMRI where it demonstrated the fundamentals of its multi-vendor ICT proposal. With the support of key executives from NEC Australia and partners HP, Microsoft and Polycom, NEC Australia illustrated to SAHMRI a commitment to delivering the most competitive technology and, importantly, how it proposed to meet the customer’s requirements.

“NEC is proud to work alongside SAHMRI to help achieve better health and medical outcomes for the community through collaborative technology. We’re also delighted that SAHMRI judged our multi-vendor proposal as the best-value and most capable solution. Our competitors had four months to analyse and develop a proposal for SAHMRI. Our team surpassed them with less than four weeks preparation time,” said Chris Korte, State Manager of SA at NEC Australia.

NEC Australia’s cloud portfolio spanning infrastructure, applications and services extends its 40 year legacy in Australia as a leading provider for ICT solutions, consultancy and support services.

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Angela Coombes
Public Relations Manager
NEC Australia
T: 02 9930 2234
M: 0417 805 441