A tender document whose size could give the telephone directory a run for its money is under fire from some Queensland PC suppliers.
The preferred supplier arrangement issued by Queensland's Education Department confronts bidders with 118 pages of forms plus 49 pages of explanatory notes.
It is an example of bureaucracy gone wild according to Ray Shaw, managing director of distribution and reseller group Intermedia.
To fill out all the forms would take one person "two weeks of round-the-clock work," Shaw estimated. "I have never seen so much bureaucracy just to appoint suppliers."
The EDPSA-033 preferred supplier arrangement dictates who can sell PCs, servers, modems and printers to Queensland state schools. Besides straightforward questions dealing with hardware and software specifications, bidders are invited to describe how their business helps Queensland's information technology and telecommunications investment philosophy.
Since the government claims to have earmarked about $100 million for education-related IT expenditures over the next few years, few industry players are in a position to ignore the contract.