Does your school have the correct infrastructure to support your ICT systems?
Within this article (http://bit.ly/1vR2QqM) Nathan Marke, chief technology officer at a technology and telecoms company said: “Education procurement is a long-winded and complicated process which often means that schools stick with the systems they have, rather than shopping for better contracts and systems so teachers are left to work with out-of-date infrastructure.”
School’s Buying Club offers a unique way to ensure your school receives great value when purchasing anything ICT related. E-Auctions can be used in large value tendering activity and support tenders which are being conducted in line with OJEU. An auction is one of the only times suppliers will see the winning price; the idea being that competition is stimulated generating the lowest bid price possible.
Rob Yems, SBC’s Procurement Director, says: “We recommend when a school is purchasing over £30k for an ICT service contract that they consider an E-Auction. An E-Auction can be conducted in an hour saving both time and money. It’s often a good idea to inform the market you are conducting the exercise with at least two week’s notice, include the specification in this tender document and let the suppliers determine the price in the E-Auction.”
Nathan Marke also commented in this article that schools are investing in technology to improve the learning experience, but in many cases they don’t have the correct infrastructure to support it.
School’s Buying Club always do an infrastructure audit before commencing any procurement related activities to check that everything is fit for purpose.
If you would like to discuss your school’s ICT procurement requirements contact Rob Yems on 0845 257 7050 or email@example.com.