Computing giant IBM has signed a whole-of-government purchasing agreement with the Australian federal government, worth an estimated $1 billion over its five-year lifespan.
According to CCN, the mammoth deal is Australia’s latest attempt to make good on its goal to become one of the world’s “top-three digital governments” by 2025 by investing in research into blockchain technology, as well quantum computing and artificial intelligence.
David La Rose, managing director of IBM Australia & New Zealand said:
“This agreement is a testament to our forty-year partnership with the Australian Government. It shows trust and belief in our ability to transform and provide world-leading capabilities, leveraging our investments locally in AI, blockchain, quantum and cloud. We look forward to helping the Australian Government to re-define the digital experience for the benefit of all Australians.”
As CCN has previously reported, IBM has emerged as a major player in the enterprise blockchain space. Just this month, IBM-powered blockchain platform we.trade hosted live trades between four major European financial institutions, including Deutsche Bank and HSBC.
Government signs mammoth five-year IT deal with IBM https://t.co/kN4hrzAvUp— Computerworld Australia (@computerworldau) July 4, 2018