Computer Brokers took on the big guns and won, receiving recognition in the Ministry of Defence’s awards of excellence to industry.
The company took out the ministry’s service excellence award for the supply of equipment and services for Category B – contracts below $7 million, for its work with the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN).
It won the award ahead of five other nominated companies.
General manager Noel Simpson says he is delighted with the win, as this is the first time the company entered the defence awards.
“We’ve worked with the navy for the past 12 years and we thought, ‘why not enter this year and see what happens’. So to win when we were up against some very big companies made it even more special.”
Computer Brokers was nominated internally by RNZN Captain John Tucker. In a statement he says the integrator stood out for its skilled vendor negotiation and ability to integrate multiple manufacturers’ products into a single, workable solution.
Simpson says the company has two staff working full-time on the navy’s ICT needs.
“Because the RNZN is such a large organisation, we help them keep all the different systems together.”
Computer Brokers recently delivered contracts to supply IT infrastructure and services to the RNZN’s $500 million fleet of seven ships – a tender it won last year from Australian contractor Tenix Defence.
The company also supplies IT equipment and services to the Air Force and Army.