Buying Solutions has unveiled the suppliers that made it onto the forthcoming £6bn Commodity IT Hardware and Software framework agreement but high profile names including Dell, HP, Centerprise and XMA were noticeable by their absence.
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This means that those firms will not be able to directly bid for volume deals in any of the Lots - Desktops, IT Infrastructure and Software - in a three-year framework that was set up by the public sector's largest professional procurement organisation.
Suppliers were last month given an opportunity to appeal against Buying Solutions' decision to cut them from the Invitation To Award stage but save for Fujitsu Services which has made it onto the networking portion, names on the final list remain largely unchanged.
The number of suppliers on CITHS has fallen though from 28 on the existing IT Goods and Associated Services (ITAGS) agreement which expires next month to 20, while the number of Lots dropped from 11 to 3.
Lesley Meeks, ICT Procurement Drector for Buying Solutions, said in a statement: "Our customers will find this new arrangement easy to use and will deliver significant savings."
Though Kelway sells to public sector customers, this is the first time it has made it onto Buying Solutions' framework agreement and CEO Phil Doye was in typically bullish mood.
"Kelway has grown significantly, both in size and reputation, and we are now able to consistently deliver the keenest pricing, backed by unbeatable levels of service," he claimed.
Buying Solutions is the only professional buying organisation with the remit to set up a national framework agreement that can be used across the wider UK public sector.
James Bird, CEO at system builder Stone Group, said: "It would be no exaggeration to say that this award has the potential to dramatically change our business."
He added it was moving to new facility that will enable it to treble capacity to meet Buying Solution's demands.
CITHS launches today but the evaluation stage has been beset with complaints about its scoring metric, which Buying Solutions subsequently changed.
ITAGS was due to end on 28 February but Buying Solutions extended it until 30 April to create an overlap and prevent any disruption to the supply chain.
Lot 1 - Desktop Hardware
Lot 2 - IT Infrastructure
Bull Information Systems
Lot 3 - Software