Insight Wins Latest Deal To Supply Southern Universities Outright

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Three-year deal sees reseller all win four lots to supply software to the higher education sector

Sheffield-based Insight has been awarded all four lots in the latest Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) Framework for the supply of Microsoft, Adobe, VMware, and other software to higher and further education institutions.

The awards adds to Insight’s position in the market having been an incumbent on SUPC’s IT Related Accessories and Parts (ITRAP) framework and its predecessors for more than eight years, with the IT supplier selling to 90 per cent of these institutions already.

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The Framework has been put in place to enable member institutions to get the best deal they can from resellers. It should also increase operational efficiency throughout the supply chain while at the same time sharing the benefits.

Among the benefits of the scheme is the ability of members to make call-offs under EU Procurement Directives, obtain supplier operational management of the agreement both locally and regionally, as well as developing standard contract performance measures.

The idea is that Britain’s universities will be able to maximise their IT investments by working with the maximum number of suppliers.

“This Framework provides an EU procurement compliant route for institutions to access software license reseller services such as knowledge of licenses and advice with – where relevant – manufacturer accreditation, and at a good price.” said Andrew Grover, Contracts Manager, SUPC.

The resulting Framework Agreement will, subject to satisfactory performance, be let for a period of three years from the start of this year, with an option to extend up to the end of 2016.

“This win underlines Insight’s commitment to the Higher Education (HE) market,” said Jon Lang, Head of Public Sector at Insight.

“This new framework is perfect for Insight as it aligns to our core software capabilities and supports our investment to the HE market. We continue to see HE as an opportunity market and have significant growth plans for 2013 and beyond,” he said.

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