Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey

CDA : Historical Timeline : 1985-89



1985

Chuck Copenhaver, Managing Director of Control Data Australia and New Zealand for the past 2-l/2 years returns to U.S. to take up position as General Sales Manager, EDP Systems, International. Nate Dickinson appointed Temporary Managing Director (January)

Bureau of Statistics takes delivery of CYBER 810 supermini replacing CYBER 72

Knox Data Centre sold and Cybernet Operations transferred to 493 St. Kilda Road (December)

Sale of CYBER 840 and related peripherals ($2.5m) to CSIRONET, but ..

Cybernet loses (May) a $1.38 million contract with Telecom Australia in favour of Csironet

Cybernet Services sold - priority given to equipment sales (no mention in Flash) PURCHASER?

Business Products off sold off by CDC in December despite a record $1,080,000 sales in November and annual revenue in excess of $1 million over previous best

Initial planning to enter Defence market.

$1.6m sale of Video Access to Quotations system to Westpac

Control Data New Zealand sold. Engineering Services/IPM to National Advanced Systems (who were operating out of CDNZ’s Wellington building and who absorbed most of the local staff); Business Products by ex-CDNZ sales representative Steve Carpenter.

Commonwealth Government Gazette : January, 1985 contracts, $10k plus

January :  This issue is the latest to be digitised and on-line via TROVE - not sure whether there are restrictions time-wise (30 years?) or later plans for digitisation - somewhat frustrating as there’s not a lot known between 1985 and the “management buyout”.

January : Supply, installation and maintenance of information retrieval software (Australian Archives), $114,285 (the same Gazette had an order for hardware and software for the same project, $2,702,534 awarded to Software Sciences, a division of Thorn-EMI, N.S.W); Analysis, design, development, implementation and maintenance of special software (ATO), $640,000 (also a second order with same description $42,000, believed peripherals) - small cheese, this Gazette had IT-related orders totalling about $30 million, the largest $4.8m to IBM for Dept of Housing and Construction. What appears to be the same ATO contract for $640,000 also appeared in June, 1984.

1986

Cyber 850 to Department of Main Roads (NSW)

Sharon Noble becomes the  5,000th graduate from Control Data Institute in December 1986






1988

Initiative taken to set up Australian controlled Integrated Military Technologies as a consortium (CDC 20%) to facilitate Control Data doing business with Australian Department of Defence. (Also)

Third Party Maintenance operations adds first IBM components to existing DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation) capability and buys a business in Queensland to add to capability.


1987

CSIRO buys its leased 205 "super-computer"

Continued concentration on improving sales of computer equipment.

Control Data Institute opened in Adelaide

First ETA -10 Supercomputer for Australia installed at Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne

CDA launches wind-up action against H.R.C. Technologies Limited (Tasmania) and GRC Computers (Sydney)




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1989

Senator John Button announces the appointment by his Department of Trevor Robinson as Special Adviser on Information Technology; ETR resigns as chairman of CDA. Control Data posts Federal Government sales 1988-89 of $11.2 million, behind DEC - $19.8 million nationally, ($14.7 million through Canberra); Wang - $19.6 million nationally, and $ 18.2 million through Canberra. IBM had a total of $615.9 million including the massive DESIN Defence contract over several years, otherwise it IBM won contracts worth $11.05 million through Canberra).  


 








1988

Initiative taken to set up Australian controlled Integrated Military Technologies as a consortium (CDC 20%) to facilitate Control Data doing business with Australian Department of Defence. (Also)

Third Party Maintenance operations adds first IBM components to existing DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation) capability and buys a business in Queensland to add to capability.

CDA sells bulk of Control Data Institute to Computer Power Group

Trevor Robinson steps down the managing director of Control Data Australia (but continues as Chairman); succeeded by Philip Michod, former managing director of the Australian-owned and Sydney-based Tecbway Systems.