Soft­ware con­tract

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

Baw Baw Shire has en­tered into a three­year con­tract for the pro­vi­sion of Mi­crosoft soft­ware li­cens­ing at a cost of $200,000 a year.

The con­tract, with Data #3 Lim­ited, to­tals $600,000.

Of­fi­cers re­ported that coun­cil was re­quired to main­tain soft­ware li­cense main­te­nance with soft­ware ven­dors to be able to ac­cess func­tional up­grades, func­tions and se­cu­rity patches.

For Mi­crosoft soft­ware, coun­cil is re­quired to pur­chase soft­ware main­te­nance from a Mi­crosoft Large Ac­count Re­seller (MLAR).

The re­port said MAV Pro­cure­ment had ap­pointed Data #3 Lim­ited and Winc (for­merly known as Sta­ples) as the pre­ferred MLAR.

Of­fi­cers said the on­go­ing op­er­a­tional im­pact was an ex­tra $70,000 each year due to an in­crease from 220 users to 264 users com­pared to the pre­vi­ous agree­ment.

“This is a re­flec­tion of the change in mix of em­ploy­ment type (full-time ver­sus part-time) rather than an in­crease in staff num­bers,” The re­port said.

Of­fi­cers said there also had been a change in li­cence terms and change in the cus­tomer re­la­tion­ship man­age­ment sys­tem.

“Coun­cil has ex­plored other pro­cure­ment op­tions, and can­not achieve a bet­ter out­come than the MAV Pro­cure­ment con­tract,” the re­port said.

Cr Dar­ren Wal­lace said he could not imag­ine a work place like coun­cil with­out Mi­crosoft – it’s a ba­sic tool of the trade.

“Coun­cil has in­ves­ti­gated other op­tions but can’t get a bet­ter of­fer,” he said.

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