Dell wins Social Development, Lenovo wins Defence PC deals

Joint tender yields different suppliers for govt departments

Dell has won a tender to supply the Ministry of Social Development with PCs and laptops while Gen-i has won a deal to supply the New Zealand Defence Force with Lenovo gear.

Dell was the incumbent supplier to the Ministry of Social Development.

The Ministry of Social Development deal was put to tender in December along with the Defence procurement in what was billed as a joint tender, but the agencies have still ended up choosing different suppliers.

At the time, NZ Defence Force CIO Peter Thomas said the joint effort between the two departments was in accordance with a government direction towards syndicated procurement.

Thomas cited increase price and volume leverage, reduced tendering costs, time savings and improved terms and conditions as some of the benefits of a joint approach.

In a statement announcing Dell’s win, Ministry of Social Development CIO Tim Occleshaw says “The successful vendor has a longstanding relationship with the Ministry and the joint tender process worked well for the Ministry and NZDF.”

Contract negotiations will now be entered into with Dell and an agreement is expected by mid-December, Occleshaw says.

Meanwhile, Defence has gone with Lenovo to supply its PCs and laptops through Gen-i and hopes to have an agreement finalised by the end of October.

Syndicated IT procurement is becoming something of a trend: earlier this month, Auckland, Waikato and Victoria universities pooled their resources to select a single PC supplier, issuing a single RFP.

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