Education computing specialist Cyclone Computers and vendor Lenovo have won contracts to supply more than 3000 laptop and desktop PCs to three tertiary institutes and a top-end high school over the coming three years. The new contracts are believed to be among the largest for Lenovo in the education market.
Cyclone Computers has been appointed as one of two preferred suppliers, along with HP, to the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University. The universities have more than 1200 notebooks that will be replaced during a three-year agreement.
Unitec in Auckland will receive approximately 2500 Lenovo desktops and 1000 notebooks over the coming three years, while Kristin School, one of Auckland top private schools, will receive 1200 ThinkPad R series notebooks over the coming two years.
Lenovo and Cyclone are also in the second year of a three-year agreement to supply notebooks and desktops to the Waikato Institute of Technology.
Cyclone Computers managing director Richard Morgan says he is always pleased when the company wins contracts of this size. The education sector makes up almost three-quarters of its business.
“We’ve been providing computers to the education sector for 15 years.”
The company partnered with Lenovo because of the sturdy design of the ThinkPad. “They’re very well designed and ideal for the tertiary education market. Any laptop that’s coming in and out of a bag four or five times a day needs to be robust,” he says.
Morgan expects the education market for laptops to grow. “A lot of the tertiary institutes are playing catch up as they have students coming in with an expectation of how their courses should be delivered to them and how technology should be involved in that.”
Lenovo general manager Dean Butchers says education is one of the key segments the company is targeting. “It’s a testament to the relationship we have with Cyclone that allows us to compete in this market, which is highly competitive. here are some fantastic things we’re doing in education and the universities are recognising what the Lenovo brand offers.”