Gov't appoints five large resellers to Microsoft Panel
An all-of-government initiative streamlines choice for agencies using Microsoft productsBy Stephen Bell, Auckland | Monday, 12 November 2012
The Department of Internal Affairs has set up a panel of five service providers for licence administration and management services in connection with government agencies’ purchase of Microsoft products and services.
This latest all-of-government ICT initiative aims at achieving a more consistent framework for dealing with Microsoft. The syndicated services panel will also “reduce the cost of purchasing licences, remove duplication and streamline the procurement process”, says Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain.
Government reached a purchasing arrangement with Microsoft earlier this year – known as the G2012 framework - as part of its usual three-yearly cycle; this was said to have the potential to save 55 percent of the cost of Microsoft goods and services for most government agencies.
However, the actual arrangement of purchases has been done until now through a variety of “large account resellers” (LARs). Agencies have chosen for themselves which LAR they used. This has resulted in “inconsistency in service levels and fees charged by the LARs”, Tremain says.
The service providers appointed to the syndicated panel are Datacom, Dimension Data, Fujitsu, Gen-i and Insight. All participants in the G2012 framework will have access to the new LAR arrangement.
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