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Three-year framework agreement will see trusted IT advisor supplying software to the higher education sector


London - 24th January 2013 – Insight, one of the world’s leading technology suppliers, has been awarded all four Lots in the latest Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) Framework for the supply of Microsoft, Adobe, VMware and other software to higher and further education institutions.

Although a new Framework for SUPC it is estimated to be worth around £60m per annum and all Higher Education and Further Education (HE/FE) institutions can access it.

The awards strengthen Insight’s position in the market having been an incumbent on SUPC’s IT Related Accessories and Parts (ITRAP) framework and its predecessors for more than eight years, with the trusted IT supplier selling to 90% of these institutions already.

The Framework has been put in place to enable member institutions to make better purchasing decisions at lower costs by securing the best value and increasing operational efficiency throughout the supply chain while at the same time sharing the benefits. Members will also profit from being able to make call-offs under EU Procurement Directives, obtain supplier operational management of the agreement both locally and regionally, as well as developing standard contract performance measures.

The idea is that Britain’s universities will be able to maximise their IT investments by working with the maximum choice of suppliers in order to improve upon and develop sustainability within the Higher Education sector.

“This Framework provides an EU procurement compliant route for institutions to access software license reseller services such as knowledge of licenses and advice with – where relevant - manufacturer accreditation, and at a good price.” said Andrew Grover, Contracts Manager, SUPC.

The resulting Framework Agreement will, subject to satisfactory performance, be let for a period of three years from the 1st of January 2013, with an option to extend up to the 31st of December 2016.

“This win underlines Insight’s commitment to the Higher Education (HE) market. This new framework is perfect for Insight as it aligns to our core software capabilities and supports our investment to the HE market. Insight has a dedicated internal HE team as well as HE Client Directors and HE specialist software consultants. We continue to see HE as an opportunity market and have significant growth plans for 2013 and beyond,” said Jon Lang, Head of Public Sector at Insight.


The Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) is an operating unit of Southern Universities Management Services. SUPC awards and manages framework agreements for the education sector and is acting as lead organisation on behalf of its members and also for members of the London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC), North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium (NEUPC), North Western Universities Purchasing Consortium (NWUPC), the Higher Education Purchasing Consortium Wales (HEPCW) and Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges Limited (APUC).

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About Insight

Insight EMEA is a division of Insight Enterprises, Inc., a leading provider of brand-name information technology ("IT") hardware, software and services to large enterprises, small to medium-sized businesses and public sector institutions in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific. The company has approximately 5,500 teammates worldwide and generated sales of $5.3 billion for its most recent fiscal year, which ended December 31, 2011. Insight is ranked number 471 on Fortune Magazine's 2011 'Fortune 500' list. For more information, please visit:

http://uk.insight.com
http://twitter.com/Insight_UK
http://blog.insight.com


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