The Tasmanian Government has informed several computer suppliers and resellers of their successful inclusion in the Government’s latest hardware tender.
The C150 tender, a contract that has been evolving over the last eight years and is updated every two years, certifies certain hardware vendors and their nominated resellers to supply computers and printers to Tasmanian Government agencies without the agencies needing to go to tender every time they require new equipment.
A government spokesperson estimated that the contracts were worth about $20 million per year.
During the current contract period (which is due to expire very at the close of the year), successful bidders included most of the major PC vendors – all of whom (even Dell) were asked to nominate several local Tasmanian resellers through which the agencies will source the products.
This year, ARN understands there will be few surprises other than the first-time inclusion of a prominent Australian PC manufacturer.
A spokesperson for the Tasmanian Government, Brian Mignot, said that winning bidders had been informed of their success but the deals were subject to due diligence and wouldnot be publicly announced until January 1, 2004. Mignot said most major manufacturers would be represented and all would sell through local Tasmanian resellers.
Peter Gartlan of prominent reseller, Comstra, praised the Tasmanian Government’s approach to hardware procurement and said it worked well for both resellers and Government agencies.
“People are generally happy with these broad panel contracts,” he said. “The agencies have a lot of input and it offers them flexibility and scope.
They can go to market and evaluate what is on offer without having to go through a formal tender process every time.”
For resellers, he said, there was an element of certainty mixed with a competitive landscape.
“The Tasmanian Government has been ahead of the pack on this,” he said. “We have seen local resellers get ripped to shreds in other states.”