IT Consulting & Advisory

IT Consulting & Advisory 2018-04-23T04:43:29+00:00

Hydro Tasmania generates hydropower and wind power in Tasmania and trades electricity and energy-related environmental products (such as Renewable Energy Certificates) into the Australian market.

Hydro Tasmania is also the largest water manager in Australia and is recognised as an industry leader worldwide.

Hydro Tasmania is owned by the people of Tasmania via the State Government and currently employs over 1100 people and has assets worth around $5 billion.

The issue

Initially engaged as an independent resource to conduct a tendering process that involved the incumbent IT service provider, ITR’s representative at Hydro Tasmania has been retained to deliver that project once the tender has been awarded.  Beyond this, the same resource is now also engaged in projects unrelated to the original tendering process including delivery of a remote access solution, IT support for the wireless roll-out to each of the power stations and the extension of the SCCM environment to Hydro Tasmania’s sister enterprise, Momentum Energy.

The process

The ITR resource was charged with management of the entire tender creation and selection process.  This required processes including:

  • Extensive requirements gathering and analysis
  • Creation of relevant service designs and technical architectures
  • Production of the tender documents to go to market
  • Assessment of the responses to the tender, and
  • Contract negotiation with the successful tendering party.

The outcome

The tendering phase of the project is now complete and the ITR resource is currently engaged with Hydro Tasmania indefinitely.

Shaw Contracting (Aust) is a leader in Tasmania’s civil construction, earthmoving and contract mining industries.

The company boasts a workforce upwards of over 100 highly skilled and motivated people both directly and by subcontract.

Shaw’s areas of expertise include:

  • Civil Works
  • Building Works
  • Mining
  • Highways, Roads and Rail
  • Bulk Earthworks
  • Dams and Pipeworks
  • Water Treatment Plants
  • Electrical Infrastructure
  • Waste Management

The issue

As a part of a series of projects spawned by a strategic review in 2012, Shaw Contracting engaged ITR to implement a hybrid corporate cloud environment to deliver their information services needs. Shaw chose the hybrid model so thatit could take advantage of the cost effectiveness of publicly offered standard business application whilst securing  internally its core business application requirements.

The two key strategic drivers behind the project were to:

  • Ensure a simple, consistent and universal user experience to allow a flexible and dynamic workforce
  • Increase systems mobility and user accessibility to allow Shaw to react to diverse opportunities and changing market conditions.

The process

The project was carried out in two parallel phases; the implementation of the private cloud and the procurement and migration to publicly offered business applications, namely Office 365.  The final component of the project was to implement a n associated Citrix environment, through which the Shaw hybrid cloud environment could be accessed.

The Office 365 project included phases of:

  • Design
  • Procurement
  • Configuration
  • Mailbox migration

The Data Centre creation included the implementation of:

  • SQL servers
  • Domain Controllers
  • File servers, and
  • Citrix servers

The outcome

Upon completion of the project delivered the client reported that the new cloud environment had:

  • Increased their capacity
  • Reduced their costs
  • Provided a more effective remote access solution
  • Improved interoperability between business solutions, and
  • Converted large scale and risky capital expenditures to easy to manage ongoing operational expenses