Customs and EDS extend outsourcing deal

In an announcement that has been foreshadowed for months, the Australian Customs Service today confirmed it has extended its outsourcing agreement with EDS by more than two years.

The agreement has been extended by more than two years in a contract worth more than $190 million.

The total contract is now worth $542 million and covers the delivery of IT infrastructure and applications management services until June 30, 2007.

EDS will continue to provide infrastructure support for mainframe, mid-range platforms and hosting applications, as well as application production support and helpdesk services.

Managing director of EDS Australia, Chris Mitchell, said the relationship is an important one for EDS as customs is in the final stages of implementing its new cargo management platform.

"The Australian Customs Service is EDS' longest-standing federal government client and we're delighted it wants to renew the relationship," Mitchell said.

"A key focus of the EDS proposal was a reduction in IT unit costs, while still delivering a quality service to customs.

"The contract was initially extended for two years in early 2002, and was due to expire in March, 2005."

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