Australian Department of Corporate and Information Services for Northern Territory Government deploys new IBM zBC12 mainframe

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Sydney, Australia - 04 Nov 2013: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the Australia Northern Territory Government Department of Corporate and Information Services (DCIS) will adopt the new IBM zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12) to improve efficiency dividends and reliability across its core database systems. DCIS will be one of the first organisations in the world to deploy the zBC12.

With responsibility for a range of Northern Territory Government data systems that include accounting, personnel and vehicle registration, DCIS requires a highly reliable and secure mainframe platform as part of its regular four-year IT refresh. DCIS selected the IBM zBC12 for its cost-effectiveness and enhanced machine efficiency.

“With significant and rising transaction volumes across the department, our infrastructure needs to enable fast, reliable access to data which can drive down costs while also improving levels of service,” said Scott Thomson, Director Data Centre Services, DCIS Northern Territory Government.  “Taking an early-adopter approach to technology has always been a priority for DCIS, particularly given our portfolio’s focus on immediate and reliable transfers of often-sensitive information.”

Thomson added, “Following rigorous trials of the zBC12, both test and production systems, we’re confident that its significant advancements will contribute not only to our internal efficiencies, but to the quality of support we can deliver to the agencies that rely on us.”

The longevity of IBM’s mainframes was another major factor in DCIS’ decision.  IBM has been supplying the department with mainframes for almost 30 years.

“We’ve typically run most of our government and business-critical applications on IBM platforms, and have nothing but trust and respect for the technical expertise which their teams bring to the table,” said Thomson. “As the latest iteration in our technology partnership with IBM, we’re looking forward to the next level of cost and time reductions that the zBC12 will bring to our operations upon completion of the project.”

“This latest stage in our relationship with DCIS only reinforces the department’s reputation for forward-thinking investment in ICT,” said Andreas Wenzel, IBM Systems and Technology Group. “As a system designed for a myriad of applications across cloud, mobility, and business analytics, the zBC12 offers everything the DCIS requires to generate further efficiency dividends through ongoing innovations across its data-centric service portfolio.”

The zBC12 is now available to the market globally.


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