City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee (VEC) is planning to spend between €500,000 and €700,000 on desktop, notebook and thin-client PCs as well as servers and printers for its 22 schools and 18 educational centres across Dublin in the year ahead, siliconrepublic.com has learned.
The company has published a request for tender on the Department of Finance’s eTenders procurement portal seeking a partner for the supply of computers, servers and printers to cover the period between July of this year and end of June next year.
According to the tender document the total value of the contract is estimated at between €500,000 and €700,000.
Technology companies aiming to secure the deal have been given a deadline of 11 May by which they must get their tenders in.
The CDVEC employs over 4,000 people in 40 building s across Dublin and it has extensive ICT networks in place supporting academic and administrative services. In total there are over 3,000 PCs and servers in use throughout the CDVEC.
It provides services in 22 schools and colleges as well as 18 other centres throughout the city of Dublin. Each year more than 8,000 part-time courses are run by CDVEC across Ireland attended by up to 200,000 adults.
CDVEC did not outline how many PCs, servers and printers it will be acquiring this year because demand tends to fluctuate during the year.
As a possible guide, the organisation purchased at least 669 PCs in the course of the past year.
By John Kennedy