New Dell Contract for Laptop and Desktop Computers
Since April, Washington University has been engaged in school-wide efforts to become a more efficient organization. We are writing today to announce the latest milestone in this effort: a new computer sourcing agreement that will save University departments approximately $2.73 million over the next three years.
We began this efficiency initiative in 2013 by working with Huron Consulting Group to identify areas where we could operate more efficiently without significantly impacting service levels. Huron estimated that we had the opportunity to save a total of $10.8 million; we now believe we will save between $16 million and $18 million by the end of 2016. These savings are the result of hard work and introspection by units and individuals all across the University.
Teams from Resource Management and IT have been working diligently to identify available savings opportunities within computer purchasing. Through this process, we have come to an agreement that Dell will be our sole source provider for computer devices (i.e. desktop computers, laptops, and workstations). Products such as tablets, servers/storage equipment, and Apple devices are not included in this initiative and will continue to be available for purchase.
Dell already provides the great majority of the University’s computers; through this new contract we will continue to have access to the best devices that Dell can offer, while recognizing significantly higher discounts on purchase prices. Currently, Dell devices make up 92% of the University’s non-Apple computers, and we generally receive a 36% discount on Dell products. Under this sole source agreement, the average discount will increase to 43%, saving the University and individual purchasers a significant amount of money. The price of a commonly purchased computer will go from $661 to $588.
Thank you to all who have been involved in developing this agreement and to the countless individuals across the University who have been an integral part of the success of this effort thus far.
Hank Webber, Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration
Barb Feiner, Chief Financial Officer
John Gohsman, Vice Chancellor for Information Technology & Chief Financial Officer
Alan Kuebler, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Executive Director for Resource Management