Is your organisation set up to run an effective ICT Procurement process?

You’ve identified a need for new technology or that rationalising the operational delivery of your ICT should bring efficiencies across your Trust. Now, it's time to purchase your newly identified ICT requirements in order to obtain those efficiencies. Is your organisation set up to run an effective ICT Procurement?

Many Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) leaders say they find it challenging to select and purchase ICT and we can understand why. The process for buying ICT systems and services can be complex, and the implications of getting it wrong can be significant. You need to be able to describe functionally what you want to buy; have the market knowledge to know where to buy it from; and ensure you comply with procurement law and procedures. Many schools and Trusts don’t have the skills and capacity for such a task.

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How do you decide what ICT you should purchase?

Sometimes it can be hard to determine what you actually need to buy. In this case, the key to maximising ICT budgets is to approach ICT purchases strategically, in line with your ICT vision and strategic aims. This way you can be sure you’re buying the most cost-effective, fit for purpose ICT to support both your short and long-term goals.

Strategic procurement allows you to take advantage of economies of scale by leveraging your buying power through collaborative purchasing.

In our experience, the running of a robust procurement process will save money for your schools and result in better quality services and systems for your money.

Six practical steps for effective ICT procurement?

When we run ICT Procurement projects for our clients, we always follow these same six steps to guarantee the results they need:

  1. Plan the process
  2. Carry out soft market engagement
  3. Write the specification and service level agreements
  4. Write the invitation to tender
  5. Manage the tender process
  6. Select a preferred bidder and reach contract agreement.

For more details download our procurement guide...

Download our Procurement Guide

When should you bring in an external consultancy to run your ICT Procurement?

As advisors to UK Education, we’ve assisted hundreds of school leaders over the years to achieve efficiencies, as well as best value for money, by helping to steer them strategically through the ICT procurement process. This process has usually been triggered when a specific ICT requirement is recognised. Common scenarios include:

  • Your ICT needs a major refresh project to bring systems up to standard as they’re not performing for you. This is likely to be a significant investment so must adhere to procurement law and, you want to ensure you spend wisely.
  • You want to do something innovative. You want to see a step change in how you’re using your ICT. You need to procure new solutions but be confident they’ll do the right job.
  • You want to outsource the operational delivery of your ICT to bring efficiencies across your trust and be sure you’re bringing in the right operational ICT partner.
  • The remote and cloud-based systems you implemented at the start of the current crisis have been evaluated, now, to ensure your MAT and schools are getting the best value, you want to review how these are supplied.

Real examples

Read our case study where we worked with Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) to deliver a Trust-wide strategic procurement for essential IT services while taking advantage of economies of scale by leveraging their buying power through collaborative purchasing.

Read our case study Strategic Procurement at OAT

Some of Novatia’s most notable ICT Procurement results for clients include:

  • £500k savings over three years for a large MAT through centralised procurement of broadband, telephony and e-safety
  • £300k reduction for a London Borough/Local Authority through ICT contract negotiation
  • £1m saved in operating costs for a MAT through strategic procurement of an ICT managed service
  • £2.6m savings for a large MAT through outsourcing the ICT department to a full managed service.

In our experience, the running of a robust procurement process will save money for your schools and result in better quality services and systems for your money.

Get in touch

As ICT experts in UK Education, Novatia can provide a FREE CONSULTATION to discuss your requirements. From here, you can decide how much you want us to be involved. Our wide range of support includes: bid strategy and documentation, functional/technical/service specification, procurement management, contract management and installation oversight.

Watch the Webinar

shutterstock_400993198 webinar picture (twitter size)Like to learn more? Alex Wood has also recorded a FREE webinar ''Trust-wide ICT Procurement - is it right for your MAT?"

For further details and the recording, click here.

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