The Australian Department of Defence (Defence) has extended Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand’s distributed computing centralised services (DCCS) contract for three more years.

The contract extension is valued at $170m, and will involve provision of services including the service desk, service catalogue, information technology service management (ITSM) tools support, processes, and resource based tasking for server and desktop, email and groupware.

Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand CEO Mike Foster said: "We have engaged in a major transformation programme that is helping Defence better manage and optimise change within its ICT environments.

"We have invested in the development of a dedicated workforce for the department."

"Service management is a core focus for us across the region and this engagement highlights the strength of Fujitsu across this domain.

"In the 16 years of engagement with Defence we have invested in the development of a dedicated workforce for the department that currently numbers over 500 people."

The latest contract extension comes in the wake of the the department’s decision last month not to merge its IT services contracts.

The latest investments form part of Department of Defence’s efforts to drive major performance improvements and efficiencies across its network, desktop and data centre environments.

In addition, a peak of ICT activity is anticipated during 2014 to 2015 period, as several major projects are planned for the period.

Defence Technology