Oconics scores Hansard overhaul contract

Hansard to ditch its inefficient 10-year-old system

The Department of Parliamentary Services has awarded business software developer Oconics a $3.8 million contract to redevelop and support the federal Hansard system.

Adelaide-based Oconics is expected to provide five years' support once the new system is in place by the end of 2010, and the company has announced recruitment plans and a new office to be established in Canberra.

Hansard, which produces transcripts of parliamentary proceedings for the Senate and the House of Representatives Hansard, decided to redevelop its core business system due to the inefficiency and high running costs of its current 10-year-old system.

Oconics CEO Jonathan Ruckert said the company’s previous experience will help it overcome the complexities of the project.

“We have experience in developing systems that integrate disparate systems and improve employee efficiency by automating business processes,” Ruckert said.

“The actual Hansard process is similar but obviously all the interactions and all the ways of getting from point to point are very different. But in terms of the concepts and terminology that would be a similar sort of process.”

Oconics will design the new Hansard system using Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Office 2007 technology, with a framework based around Microsoft's SQL Server database.

Oconics has three new position up for grabs in its proposed Canberra office, including a business development manager and Web developers.

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