Deals done this past week

7 Feb 2011

An overview of the week in deals in the Irish technology sector.

Ryanair and Maxima enter contract for improved web booking

Ryanair has chosen IT business systems company Maxima to support its web booking application by implementing Citrix’s latest web acceleration technology.

Maxima, a Citrix Solution Adviser, will implement seven NetScaler MPX 9500 hardware appliances to enhance server load balancing, improve web traffic management, increase security levels and lower Ryanair’s online operating costs.

Maxima has entered the contract with a three-year Gold-level support agreement for this implementation.

“Online booking is obviously a critical service for Ryanair – particularly as our traffic volumes continue to grow – so it’s essential that our web infrastructure performs to the highest level,” said Ryanair’s IT director, Eric Neville.

“Having assessed the market it was clear that Maxima not only had the in-depth expertise in Citrix’s core web acceleration technologies, but also had the proven implementation skills and competitive prices we required.”

Revenue Commissioners awards IT resources and support deal

The Revenue Commissioners has awarded a contract for the delivery of certain ICT services to the indigenous consultancy and services firm Version 1 as part of its multi-vendor strategy for external ICT support.

The value of the two-year contract has not been disclosed. It was awarded as a result of an open EU procurement process and implementation began last summer. understands that the Revenue’s internal IT group will manage multi-vendor teams that include representatives from Accenture, Deloitte, IBM and Fujitsu, as well as Version 1.

As part of the contract, various teams will be involved in developing new applications for tax and customs, in addition to rolling out business intelligence systems across the board. The tax agency is also continuing its technology strategy of moving to service oriented architecture.

The terms of the deal also cover maintenance, enhancement and live support of Revenue’s extensive business applications.

Complete Telecom secures €160k deal with Department of Communications

Irish-owned Complete Telecom has successfully obtained a €160,000 contract to provide high availability telecoms connectivity to the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources’ three sites, covering Dublin and Cavan.

Complete Telecom’s contract of reliable, high-bandwidth network connectivity to the department’s 270 users includes the delivery of two high-speed links with a capacity of 2 x Gigabit/sec to the Dublin sites at Adelaide Road and Beggars Bush.

This will assist the GSI in conducting its current widespread sea-bed survey involving the gathering of data which requires high-capacity Gigabit links.