Queensland-based reseller, Coretech, has beaten its multinational rivals and won the first phase of a contract to provide 7500 notebooks as part of the state's Computers for Teachers initiative.
The contract was open to approved suppliers under the Queensland Department of Education, Training and the Arts' recently announced PC panel. These included HP, Dell, Acer and Coretech (with Lenovo and IBM hardware).
The four-year tender, which was initially announced in May, will see 39,000 laptops rolled out to teachers across the state and is valued at $70 million. It called for a high-performance device including dual-core processors, 2GB of memory and Microsoft Vista capability. Suppliers were also required to work within the department's central Managed Operating Environment.
Coretech sales and marketing director, David Wain, said the win was a signify cant one for the local supplier. It has rolled out the first 1000 notebooks and plans to have the remainder to schools by the end of the year.
"The Lenovo R61 Thinkpad products we are rolling out are very robust machines, which I think helped our case," he said. "We have also put together a managed solutions and did a lot of integration around ThinkVantage technologies and full lifecycle management. It's a great contract to win."
A spokesperson for the Department said the Lenovo/IBM bundle supplied by Coretech offered the best features, support and cost-effectiveness. The supplier arrangement will be reviewed annually.