The Queensland Government has renewed its whole-of-government desktop hardware panel, the most used panel arrangement in the state.
Its predecessor, panel QP 707, accounted for 17 per cent of the Government’s total panel expenditure according to figures contained in the recently released Costello Report.
The new panel will be known as QGCPO 861-12 and will cover the provision of computer hardware and associated services. It commenced on 1 May 2013 with a three-year term and two 12-month extension options.
“Based on the 2012-13 financial year, the financial value for this arrangement is approximately $130 million, which includes the requirements of the Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE),” a spokesperson from the Department of Housing and Public Works told Intermedium.
All three suppliers on the outgoing panel – Fujitsu, Dell and Data#3 – have retained their ability to supply ICT hardware to the Queensland Government under the new scheme. The new arrangement has also opened the market to six other vendors:
- ACT Logistics
- Datacom Systems
- Greenbox Systems
- TLC IT Solutions
The scope of the panel has been split into Category One for the supply and support of hardware and Category Two for the supply of lifecycle management services, with no more than six panellists appointed to each sub-category. Category One covers desktop computers, portable PCs, all-in-one PCs, mobile devices and servers, while Category Two includes extended warranty, hardware swap and replacement services, customised support services and end-of-life management services.
While the scope of the new panel remains similar to the previous arrangement, it’s estimated procurement value of $130 million per annum represents a significant drop from the previous panel QP707’s estimated value of $200 million per annum.
While actual contracting through QP707 was closer to $122 million in the 2010-11 financial year, the addition of the Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) as a client agency was expected to boost the overall rate of panel procurement.
DETE, which procured hardware through a separate preferred supplier arrangement until December 2012 spends an estimated $70 million per annum on hardware contracts alone, to maintain a fleet of around 320,000 computers, based on counts in the years 2007 to 2011.
However a fall in the rate of hardware-related expenditure by the Queensland Government would mirror a similar trend observed in the Federal public sector, which saw a 20 per cent drop in the value of its 2012-13 desktop hardware market on the previous financial year.
Another explanation for the decreased Queensland estimate is the removal of approximately 14,000 public sector staff from the ranks of its public service since the Newman Coalition entered government, directly influencing the hardware needs of agencies.
The Queensland Government Chief Procurement Office initially approached the market to establish the new panel in February 2012.
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