Birmingham based technology services provider, Probrand, is adding to its bank of procurement solutions with the launch of The IT Index.co.uk/gov, a money and time saving website aimed specifically at the public sector.
With purchasing processes under scrutiny, the public sector spending squeeze is set to tighten over the next five years. Gordon Browns announcement in July that government departments would have to find savings of at least 2.5% a year from 2008-2011 has served merely to sharpen the focus.
The IT Index.co.uk/gov, available to all public sector bodies, is based on the Probrands flagship procurement solution and ICAEW accredited, The IT Index and daily updates a list of 100,000 IT products from 1200 suppliers by best price and availability.
Uniquely the price has been aggregated - users see the current UK best value from multiple feeds and a CATALIST framework price and a best private sector price, which includes a pre-agreed margin plus special bid and virtual warehousing visibility with stock availability. This empowers users to make an intuitive purchasing choice for best value and best practice IT.
Probrands Managing Director, Peter Robbins said: With IT Index.co.uk/gov, buyers can maximise the opportunity of a best value purchase by using the power of a framework agreement or by capitalising on a private source that daily tracks price with a pre-agreed margin.
On average the solution is saving a day a week in man hours and 15% on IT budgets. Additionally, as IT teams largely manage ICT purchases, time previously spent on procurement tasks can now be used to better manage, strategise and maintain their system. IT employees are essentially released to grow and fulfil their job potential.
The solution saves time and money to add value to the bottom line, allowing organisations to stretch the reach of their IT budget.
Jonathan Jones, Procurement Manager West Midlands Centre of Excellence commented: This is a good example of how Probrand are delivering best practice, best value IT. This new, tailor made solution affirms the companys progressive approach to procurement.
The launch comes amidst continued success in 2006 which has already seen approval to OGCbuying.solutions, CATALIST and Great Deals frameworks, along with a place on the shortlist at this years prestigious Computing awards.