Government procurement arm OGCbuying.solutions has approved reseller Probrand as a public sector ICT supplier, in a deal that could be worth up to £2.5bn in sales for the Birmingham-based supplier.
Probrand has been included in OGCbuying.solutions’ CATALIST framework for the supply of ICT goods and associated services. Probrand is one of only six suppliers in Europe to win reseller framework status.
As a result of the deal, Probrand’s procurement hub, The IT Index, will be used by more public sector bodies to choose from 100,000 ICT product lines from over 1,200 suppliers. The IT Index delivers budgetary controls, spend authorisation, price tracking and product lifecycle functionality to users.
Cheltenham Borough Council says it has saved 20% on the cost of its IT consumables as a result of using The IT Index.
"The IT Index has made considerable and outstanding inroads towards CBC hitting total e-sourcing savings of 25% below set thresholds. This saving target forms part of the government’s April 2007 savings challenge," said David Gatford, Cheltenham’s central services officer.
In the private sector, Geest, Coffee Republic, British Bakeries and Marks & Spencer also use The IT Index as part of their procurement strategy.
The IT Index is an on-line trading hub that gathers prices and stock availability for suppliers’ products. It then presents the best deal to registered users.