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Fujitsu Cloud Services Key To Surf Life Saving Australia ‘Saves Time Saves Lives’ Project

Cost efficiency the key to decision on cloud infrastructure project

Fujitsu Australia Limited

Sydney, May 23, 2011

Fujitsu Australia & New Zealand, a leading provider of ICT business solutions, today announced that Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) has selected Fujitsu Cloud Services as the infrastructure underpinning the ‘Saves Time Saves Lives’ ICT project. The national operations of Australia’s iconic volunteer organisation have been streamlined and automated by the comprehensive redesign of its service applications and delivery.

SLSA recognised the cost advantages of a cloud solution, and Fujitsu’s Infrastructure-as-a-Service proposal was selected to provide a key component of SLSA’s solution, part of a business case put to the Federal Government, which provided the funds for the three year project in 2008. Cost efficiency is one of the key pillars of the ICT project as well as its funding.

Starting with a review of SLSA’s IT systems in 2008, the ‘Saves Time Saves Lives’ project aims to improve service levels, save time and facilitate commercial expansion by providing sophisticated business and communications tools and applications. Through the provision of a cost-effective infrastructure, the SLSA project will benefit members, employees, clubs, the organisation and importantly, all Australian beachgoers.

Gary Daly, National IT Manager for Surf Life Saving Australia, said: “As an organisation powered by the time and commitment of over 43,000 patrolling volunteer lifesavers, one of the greatest challenges for SLSA is reducing the amount of time required for the administration of clubs and services. The new Fujitsu cloud infrastructure will allow us to address these efficiency requirements as well as the increasing need to provide broader and better services; and to collect more data for internal management, government reporting and public education programs. The cloud solution helps us overcome the severe limitations on the dollars we have to spend on IT.”

The development of the ICT project has seen Fujitsu so far provide a centralised operational data store (CODS) and reporting application that allows the SLSA access to a single national enterprise view of its information; applications that service the SLSA community across the country; a members’ portal which is linked to web-based content and workflow management; and voice recognition and telephony services to enable on-beach access to services.

The CODS, reporting application and portal development was hosted in the interim by Fujitsu’s Datacentre Web Hosting services. In the next two months Fujitsu will transition the completed work to the cloud infrastructure.

Cameron McNaught, Group Executive Director, Solutions and Cloud Services for Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand, said: “SLSA was one of the first organisations presented with a Fujitsu cloud proposal and they were immediately and enthusiastically convinced of the long term flexibility and cost advantages of cloud based infrastructure. This farsighted organisation is committed to not only saving lives but is also acutely aware of the need to save money as it provides the best possible service to its highly valued volunteer members and the Australian public.

“We congratulate this innovative organisation in its use of advanced technologies to improve public education and safety in a highly accountable and cost effective way.”

The final phase of this project will see a review of SLSA’s legacy systems, which will provide Fujitsu with a further opportunity to assist SLSA to move its full IT infrastructure from ageing on-premise servers to the efficiencies of cloud.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Approximately 170,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.4 trillion yen (US$47 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013.
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About Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand

Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand is a leading service provider of business, information technology and communications solutions. As the third largest ICT Company in the Australian and New Zealand marketplace, we partner with our customers to consult, design, build, operate and support business solutions. From strategic consulting to application and infrastructure solutions and services, Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand have earned a reputation as the single supplier of choice for leading Corporate News and government organisations. Fujitsu Australia Limited and Fujitsu New Zealand Limited are wholly owned subsidiaries of Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702).
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About Surf Life Saving Australia

Surf Life Saving is Australia’s major water safety, drowning prevention and rescue authority. Its national organisation consists of 309 community surf life saving clubs, that collectively patrol more than 400 beaches, as well as regional and state administrative branches. Surf Life Saving is the largest volunteer movement of its kind in Australia with more than 153,000 members. It is a not-for-profit movement that relies on community donations, government grants, fundraising and Corporate News sponsorship.
For more information, please see: : sls.com.au Open a new window

Tracy Weller-McCormack

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Company:Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand
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Date: 23 May, 2011
City: Sydney
Company: Fujitsu Australia Limited