Dell, Gen-i winners of joint govt PC tender

Dell, Gen-i winners of joint govt PC tender

Gen-i and Dell have won two separate three-year government PC supply deals originating from a single joint tender between the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) and the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF).

The joint tender, released in January, was to for the supply of desktop and laptop PCs to the MSD and NZDF for the next three years.

Direct selling Dell clinched the MSD contract, while the NZDF chose Gen-i, which will supply Lenovo equipment.

In a statement, MSD CIO Tim Occleshaw said Dell has a long standing relationship with the Ministry. “Choosing Dell offers the Ministry the benefits of continuing to work with its present supplier while also achieving significant cost efficiencies."

In addition to the hardware, the MSD’s supply agreement will also cover software, which the Ministry says will be replaced when required. The total agreement will be worth up to $9 million over the three years, the Ministry states. Meanwhile, NZDF CIO Peter Thomas states the selection of Gen-i offers it “the benefit of achieving significant cost efficiencies, improved service delivery, and an increased focus in ‘Green IT’ solutions”.

Both the MSD and NZDF report the joint tender process worked well for them, stating it “produced a variety of vendors capable of delivering quality IT equipment and value for money”. Each have now entered into contract negotiations with their respective suppliers. The MSD expects to reach an agreement by mid-December and the NZDF by the end of October.


This story updates an earlier version, which stated that Dell won the contract to supply both the Ministry of Social Development and the New Zealand Defence Force.

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