Data#3 has been handed a Whole of Australian Government (WoAG) contract by the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) that will see the local firm be the sole provider of Microsoft licensing solutions. The contract was tendered for in August, with the federal government also revealing at the time that governments in the country spent over AU$364 million from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2016 on Microsoft licences and software assurance. The DTA, on behalf of Australian governments, went to market to find one or more Microsoft resellers to appoint to the WoAG Software Licensing and Services Panel for round three of its agreement with Microsoft. The Microsoft Volume Sourcing Agreement (VSA3) began July 1, 2016 and will wrap up June 30, 2019. Just over a year in, the DTA flagged a need for the services of one or more vendors to provide services to entities participating in the VSA3 arrangement.
Data#3 has reported its financial results for the year ended June 30, 2018, posting AU$14 million in net profit after tax, down from FY17's AU$15.4 million. Software as a Service offers irresistible benefits for organizations of all sizes -- from cost savings to scalability to mobile accessibility. We offer guidance on avoiding the pitfalls of the cloud and choosing your SaaS partners well. Revenue for the year totalled AU$1.18 billion, up 7.6 percent year on year, and was comprised of AU$961 million from its product segment and AU$219 million from services. Of that total revenue, cloud -- across both products and services -- accounted for AU$267.8 million, up 58 percent over the previous year.
Australian business technology firm Data#3 has boosted its public cloud-based revenue by 66 percent during the first half of 2019, with cloud comprising AU$143 million of the company's total AU$644 million revenue. An introduction to cloud computing from IaaS and PaaS to hybrid, public and private cloud. Product revenue accounted for AU$532 million of the total revenue reported for the six months to December 31, 2018, while services revenue grew by 11 percent over the same period a year prior to AU$111 million. Despite gross profit growing 14.7 percent to AU$82.3 million, net profit after tax was AU$6 million, with total expenses itemised as AU$74 million. Data#3 boasts nine offices across Australia and Fiji, three integration centres, and three data centres.
The federal government has selected its six initial Telecommunications Services Panel (TSP) members who will offer commonwealth entities managed WAN and data link services. Comprising the TSP so far is Telstra, TPG Network, Macquarie Telecom, Verizon Australia, Nextgen Networks, and Sliced Tech, with others expected to be announced over the coming weeks. The Department of Finance has already entered into head agreements with the initial panellists until November 30, 2020, with three 12-month extension options for each vendor. The TSP will see the six vendors provide terrestrial managed WAN services, satellite managed WAN services, terrestrial transport data link services, satellite transport data link services, and internet connection services to corporate Commonwealth entities and other government bodies, should they wish. The government initially went to market in May to establish the TSP, with the call for tender noting the goal of the procurement was to establish a TSP that "continues to deliver a competitive means to procure telecommunication services and convey continued savings to the Australian government".