Following a review of ICT spending and a consultation with stakeholders; it was evident that the ICT team required access to a supplier or framework agreement.
This would ensure ICT complied with contract standing orders. It would also ensure value for money within ICT’s annual budgets when it bought hardware such as desktop PCs, laptops, monitors and servers.
Due to the volume of ICT hardware required over the next two years, a sole tender exercise would not necessarily provide value for money or the most efficient route to market. This is because it would target ICT re-sellers to bid for the contract rather than manufacturers due to low volume requirements.
From analysis of the current ICT marketplace and review of previous contract pricing with Hewlett Packard, it was agreed that a collaborative framework agreement which allowed purchase direct from the manufacturer would be the most efficient, compliant and cost effective way to buy ICT hardware.