The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School Secures Best Value With a Best Practice Approach To It Procurement
Educational establishments within the public sector have a number of key challenges facing them and procurement efficiency is one area that is seeing particular attention. With demand for huge procurement savings and the call for joined up government on the back of the Gershon report, it is the role of e-procurement that has hit the top of the corporate agenda.
Information Technology plays a pivotal role within education establishments but the debate no longer focuses on the quality and diversity of the systems that are implemented, that is a given. Rather it is a case of getting the best-priced products delivered in the shortest possible time. Furthermore, how does education service maintain these high-end systems given the user demands placed upon them? And what about managing multiple suppliers either on or off tender?
It is allied educational facilities within the private sector, where the focus is on business goals, that are leading the education environment towards best practice, best value IT procurement for increased operating efficiency.
One such independent organisation is Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School (Habs Boys), where an entrepreneurial approach has seen the implementation of a structured IT purchasing process to maximise man hours and stretch the reach of budgets. This prestigious school's IT department has embraced e-procurement as part of a more efficient purchasing strategy.
A year ago, the IT department implemented theitindex.co.uk, a sophisticated e-procurement hub that lists over 150,000 products from over 2,500 manufacturers by best price and availability within a secure online purchasing environment.
The IT team now uses the solution to purchase all peripherals, hardware and software from USB's to servers and keyboards.
IT Manager Richard Izzard believes the solution is saving a day a week in man-hours as a result of the improved purchasing process.
Richard and his team are no longer wasting time on purchasing and have enriched their roles as IT technical and maintenance professionals, ensuring the network and its users are fulfilling their potential.
The team is enjoying the purchasing power of procurement professionals in one simple application to save 15% on the organisation's IT budget and nearly a week in man hours.