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ICT products update: January 2022

Latest information on ICT products.

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IT Peripherals Framework (SP-17-021) update

The IT Peripherals framework is set to expire on 13 March 2022, and the retendering process in underway. To ensure continuity of supply for organisations to close off their financial year accounts during the month of April, the framework has been extended for a 7-week period and will now expire on 30 April 2022.

Computacenter has assigned new framework manager, Benjamin Ruckley Jones, to the Scottish Procurement IT Peripherals framework. An updated buyers’ guide and supplier catalogue will be published on the secure Procurement Information Network group on Knowledge Hub.

Office Equipment Framework (SP-16-013) update

Annodata has appointed a new framework manager for the Office Equipment framework, John Barron will be the new contact. An updated buyers’ guide and supplier catalogue will be published on the secure Procurement Information Network group on Knowledge Hub.

Supply update – lead times and end of year spend requirements

Following recent communications, there continues to be global supply constraints and extended lead times for a number of technology lines, including networking switches and other IT equipment requiring Integrated Circuits (ICs). Framework suppliers have worked hard to support framework public bodies and to minimise the impact of these constraints however, the situation remains unpredictable. It is important that organisations begin to make preparations for their end of year spend activities and keep in contact with their account managers to factor the current situation into their planning and budget decision making process.

To help mitigate supply challenges, it is recommended that you:

  • factor in increased time for the supply of products, especially for critical projects
  • proactive engagement with your account manager
  • explore alternative configurations/solutions
  • leverage storage options and services.

Delivering community benefits through Operation Beach Clean

Scottish Procurement’s recent blog shares a case study from one of our Office Equipment framework suppliers. The Scottish Procurement framework agreements continue to deliver additional benefits for organisations and local communities. Konica Minolta shows how it puts its sustainability and environmental credentials into action by partnering with South Ayrshire Council on ‘Operation Beach Clean’, where employees volunteered to keep Troon beach litter-free.

If you have any comments, questions or feedback, please contact the ICT Products team.

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