Local software suppliers are set to benefit from an agreement signed between Microsoft and the State Government.
The four-year $30 million agreement with Microsoft covers the supply of software products and licences to Western Australian Government agencies.
Services Minister Kevin Minson said the new arrangement would result in more software purchases through WA retailers through the authorised local distribution channel.
"The contract has been negotiated to allow Government agencies to buy directly from a centrally-managed contract rather than going to tender for each requirement," Mr Minson said.
"Agencies can tailor the purchase of the full range of products and two-volume licence programs to meet their individual needs.
"The administrative savings will total $3 million over the term of the contract. Savings will also be delivered through a special pricing structure for all Microsoft products, within the security of a pre-negotiated contract regulated by the Government Information Technology Conditions (GITC)."
The agreement forms the centrepiece of a new State Supply Commission software contract where the State is expected to be a major purchaser of the Microsoft operating systems.
"A key feature of the contract is a whole-of-government software licence which will enable agencies to transfer licences to other agencies without additional cost, and provide agencies with a home-use option for their employees," Mr Minson said.
Under the contract, agencies can use any authorised Microsoft agent and by quoting the Government contract will automatically receive the special pricing negotiated in the agreement.
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