The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government is putting the final touches on new common use arrangements (CUA) for ICT business equipment. The first cab off the rank will be for the provision of desktop PCs.
The forthcoming whole-of-state tenders will be divided into several categories: desktop PCs, monitors, notebooks, printers and MFDs, and servers. These will be managed by the ACT's IT infrastructure and services sourcing agency, InTact. The supply arrangements are due to commence in December and will run for 3-5 years.
To complement the new procurement CUAs, InTact will issue tenders for the ongoing logistics capabilities relating to ICT product management. According to a draft requirements paper, it is also contemplating tendering for the supply of off-the-shelf software.
The state has about 12,000 desktop units, along with about 1200 notebooks and 700 servers. Key characteristics for potential suppliers include value for money; active contract management with a focus on performance management; shared risk management; pricing guarantees; flexible arrangements and capabilities for new and emerging technologies; and support services. The agency did not rule out selecting a single supplier for each category.
In its draft for desktop PCs, InTact said it would be looking for both Windows and Linux-based systems. Tenderers will also be asked to submit environment plans, such as asset recycling services.
"It is expected that only well recognized [for example, tier one] manufacturers of desktop machines will be considered for this tender," the draft document states.