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Going, going, gone: OGC auctions IT hardware

Antony Savvas

The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) said 12 public sector organisations have used an electronic auction to achieve a total of 41% savings on IT hardware.

The OGC, which is the Treasury’s purchasing agency, said it saved the public sector organisations £2.7m on computer hardware through its latest e-auction.

The total starting price of the items was £6.5m, but the seven-hour public sector auction saw the cost reduced to £3.8m.

The “reverse” e-auction, one of a series, used “transformational” bidding, which saw suppliers’ prices and qualitative evaluations taken into account.

Twelve organisations, including the Countess of Chester Hospitals Foundation Trust and the Procurement Agency for Essex, took part in the auction. About 400 bids were received from seven suppliers.

E-auction benefits include the involvement of small suppliers and reduced tendering costs for buyers and sellers, the OGC said.

Read article: IT in the public sector: special report


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