Datapac has signed a deal valued at more than €1m to supply computer consumables to the Health Service Executive (HSE) shared services division for the eastern region.
It is the second such government contract signed by IT systems and services provider in the past year. In June last year the company signed a deal valued at more than €1m per annum to be the sole computer consumables supplier to a new e-procurement service for Irish schools. Datapac entered into the contract with ScoilBuy following an intensive tender process.
It is understood Datapac was awarded the contract as part of an initiative by the HSE aimed at standardising consumables and in return derive better cost benefits. “We are confident we can deliver the products and reliability needed to accomplish its goals,” said Patrick Kickham, general manager of Datapac’s consumables division.
Under the terms of the contract Datapac will supply the full range of computer consumables for all HSE printers, which include toner cartridges, ink cartridges, magnetic media, floppy disks, accessories and cleaning products. The contract covers multiple locations within the eastern region including Kildare, Wicklow, Dublin City and county.
The contract was awarded under the EU procurement directives and commenced last December.
“By co-ordinating and standardising the used-product range, we have saved a significant amount of money,” explains Christy Costigan, procurement contract account manager with the HSE’s shared services eastern region.
“We need a technology partner with a proven track record that will work with us to deliver value for money. With Datapac’s help, we will be able to effectively manage this crucial element of our business,” Costigan said.
By John Kennedy
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