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​The perfect storm as Cyclone partners with Lenovo to boost All of Government supplier range

​The perfect storm as Cyclone partners with Lenovo to boost All of Government supplier range

“We see the ability to directly represent the Lenovo solutions as a strong addition to our current AoG portfolio."

Cyclone Computer Company has added Lenovo desktops, laptops, tablets and Chromebooks to its All of Government panel supplier range, boosting the New Zealand education specialists’ portfolio of device offerings in the process.

The deal follows the reappointment of the local firm as a panel supplier for the All of Government IT Hardware Generation2 contracts.

After the first five years of implementation the contract went back to market earlier this year and in late September new panel member suppliers - including Cyclone - were announced.

A number of new initiatives were enabled through the contract, including supporting members representing multiple vendors such as Cyclone.

Drawing on its significant customer base within the education sector, including schools and tertiary institutions, Cyclone was a panelist in the initial contract and successfully negotiated to become a panel member under the Generation2 contract.

In keeping with the guidelines of providing choice to the All of Government (AoG) Participating Agencies, Cyclone believes its partnership with Lenovo will provide a “strong presence within the education sector.”

“We see the ability to directly represent the Lenovo solutions as a strong addition to our current AoG portfolio,” says Graham Prentice, General Manager, New Zealand All of Government, Cyclone.

Speaking to Reseller News, Prentice says the Lenovo range offered will include the ThinkPad, Yoga, ThinkCentre, Tablets and Chromebook devices.

“Each of these items has helped make Lenovo the leading global PC manufacturer over the last six months and partnering with an education provider will highlight their features and their use in teaching and learning,” adds Nick Hall, All of Government lead, Lenovo.

For Prentice, the AoG contracts “take the hassle out” of procuring goods and services to enable schools and agencies to focus on achieving strategically important outcomes.

“Cyclone is an AoG IT Hardware Panel Supplier that also offers value added services via AoG including professional development in schools for both Microsoft and Google eco-systems as well as a providing a Google Schools Solution around Chromebooks,” he adds.

“The addition of Lenovo as a strategic partner within the education sector provides choice around computer options - a logical best fit for all parties.”

AoG objectives include a centre-led procurement process for selected categories and vendors in order to deliver savings to schools, tertiary institutions and agencies.

Cyclone was appointed to Supply hardware including Apple iMacs, Apple MacBook family of laptops, iPads, Microsoft Surface family of devices, Acer Chromebooks and Intel thin clients.

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