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Oklahoma Partners with Texas for IT Purchasing
A Red River deal will save Oklahoma and Texas millions of dollars in technology purchases through an agreement brokered between the two state governments’ information technology providers.
The agreement puts each state on the other state’s preferred technology provider list, which allows both states access to one another’s technology contracts and services.
Oklahoma saves money, lessens its workload and speeds up procurement when working with Texas to purchase information technology products and services, said Matt Singleton, Chief Operations and Accountability Officer for the Information Services Division of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, the technology provider for Oklahoma state agencies and affiliates.
Texas has already negotiated several contracts with technology vendors, and since Texas orders in greater bulk than Oklahoma, the price is less per unit, Singleton said. It’s similar to a shopper saving money by buying macaroni in bulk from a warehouse as opposed to a box at a time from a supermarket. Furthermore, since all contracts and services have already been procured under each state’s competitive purchasing processes and laws, administrative work and product delivery time is reduced.
Check out some of the contracts that Oklahoma has utilized so far:
|SW1015||IBM||Products, Maintenance, and Services|
|SW1022D||Doublehorn Communications||Cloud Services|
|SW1027||Johnston Technical Services||Communication Tower Equipment & Services|
|SW1034X||Xerox||Managed Print Services|
|SW1048A||Anixter||Surveillance Equipment & Services|
|SW1050K||KPMG||IT Assessment Services|
|SW1048C||Convergint||Surveillance Equipment & Services|
If you have suggestions on contracts we should consider, let us know below: