Aussie IT firm secures $12m ‘Cohesion’ contract with NZ Govt

"I look forward to Cohesion developing into the leading Enterprise Content Management service used across all of New Zealand Government during the coming years.”

Australian-listed IT services company, Empired, has secured, via its wholly owned subsidiary, Intergen, a contract to provide its Cloud-based and proprietary Enterprise Content Management service ‘Cohesion’ to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in New Zealand.

The contract, with Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has an estimated NZ$12 million value over a six-year contract term.

Under the MPI contract, Empired, will use its proprietary Cohesion, Enterprise Content Management solution to provide electronic document and records management as a service.

Cohesion is one of three solutions available to public sector agencies as part of the New Zealand Government’s all-of-government enterprise content management services (ECMS) panel, established in November 2013.

MPI established the government panel, in conjunction with the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) and other government agencies with the government contract now managed by DIA as the Lead Agency.

MPI has selected Cohesion as their provider from the three suppliers available to government agencies under the government panel.

“This contract cements the decision by Intergen management to commit substantial resources over the previous three years in the development and positioning of the Cohesion service,” says Russell Baskerville, MD, Empired.

“We are confident that providing this service to MPI in New Zealand will provide exceptional credibility and competitive advantage as additional New Zealand Government departments elect to shift their Enterprise Content Management solutions into a cloud-based ‘as a service’ model under the panel contract.”

Baskerville believes Cohesion presents an “exceptional opportunity” to Empired given it is a proprietary, cloud-based service offering in a high growth market, built on Microsoft SharePoint.

Empired is the largest Microsoft SharePoint developer in Australia and according to Baskerville is “well placed” to leverage the Cohesion service into the Australian market.

“We are delighted to have been selected by MPI to provide this service,” he adds. “We thank MPI for their trust and we look forward to working with MPI to deliver an exceptional outcome.

“I would also like to thank all our staff that have been involved in working with the New Zealand Government and the development of the Cohesion service offering.

“This is an exceptional outcome and I look forward to Cohesion developing into the leading Enterprise Content Management service used across all of New Zealand Government during the coming years.”

For the half year ending December 31, Empired's revenue was up 74 per cent to $50 million and net profit after tax was $1.7 million.

The results included two months of revenue contribution from its Intergen acquisition, which has boosted revenue guidance between $110 million to $120 million for the full 2015 financial year.

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