Government tablets contract open to all
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The second half of government’s syndicated tablet-computer procurement request for proposal has now been issued.
Last year a partial closed-tender exercise for tablets was conducted, to satisfy government agencies that had an urgent requirement for the devices. This request went only to suppliers already on the all-of-government panel of desktop/laptop and mobile voice-and-data services suppliers.
“Our original intention was to go to the market in early 2013 with an open tender,” senior communications advisor Frances Martin told Computerworld in October.
“However, we are aware that some government agencies may need to source ICT equipment in a shorter timeframe and before the all-of-government contract could be put in place. “For that reason we decided to split the process into two, with phase one being an initial closed tender for existing providers this year and phase two being the wider tender which will take place in early 2013.”
The latest request for proposal, coordinated by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, is open to all suppliers. The RFP seeks to appoint a panel of several tablet suppliers. It emphasises not only the potential monetary value of the contract, but the benefit to suppliers of “build[ing] stronger relationships with PAs, with clear understanding of government objectives and strategies, and the likelihood of improved communications outcomes as a result.”
Responses to the RFP are due by February 25.
Posted by Chris Black at 22:40:13 on February 16, 2013
Posted by Anonymous at 12:33:31 on February 15, 2013
No it's not. That's a stupid assertion. The question is why does Government need tablets, and the answer is, they don't. They are not a useful replacement for a PC or similar device.
Posted by Anonymous at 14:14:52 on February 18, 2013
However what about government employees who don't work in an office and still need access to data and apps? Consider Immigration officials at airports for example. Or doctors doing the rounds in a hospital ward?
Government is not *all* gliding on, public servants sitting behind desks in dimly lit offices, you know?
Posted by Mark L at 16:07:09 on February 18, 2013
"You have a somewhat narrow perception of "Government" I would suggest...Sure, there is zero need for a tablet in your typical government department head (or other) office."
Which makes up the vast majority of Govt.
"However what about government employees who don't work in an office and still need access to data and apps? Consider Immigration officials at airports for example. Or doctors doing the rounds in a hospital ward?"
I don't see the application at Customs. Are we going to be greeted by officials wandering about with iPads? As for hospitals, I've worked in a half dozen of them and watched the Health ICT guys try and get electronic patient files in place for over two decades. Doctors have nurses and other lackeys to do that work.
"Government is not *all* gliding on, public servants sitting behind desks in dimly lit offices, you know?"
Not sure about that, maybe not *all*, but check out places like DIA, MSD, MoH, MoE, and you'll find a lot of desk jockeys adding no value and sitting in the dark. Or "dimly"lit rooms...
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