Marlow, UK, 11 July 2013 – After vigorous competition, Softcat and its technology partner Lenovo have successfully tendered across all three Lots of the National Desktop and Notebook Agreement (NDNA) for universities and further education colleges within the UK. The process was led by Lenovo and means that under the brand new agreement its three nominated partners can sell desktop PCs, notebook PCs and offer a ‘one-stop-shop’ facility to their HE/FE customers.
This places Softcat on four out of the five National Framework Agreements for universities in the UK, and follows on their success on NEPA, ITRAP and Software, along with presence on some of the Regional University Frameworks.
The NDNA contract is highly valued by its university users, offering devices and associated services at very competitive prices. Softcat is looking forward to bringing its own brand of customer-centric services to customers using the agreement, and is committed to its policy of delivering ‘best value’ to UK universities.
This will be the first time that either Softcat or Lenovo has operated as a vendor or supplier on the contract, and both are equally excited about the opportunity this university engagement could bring. Softcat has made a considerable investment in preparing a brand new NDNA Portal accessible from Softcat’s Higher Education web page, and has also prepared an innovative and efficient configurator tool that will allow university customers to tailor their desktop and notebooks to their exact requirements electronically through a cost effective eProcurement suite.
Nick Berry, Softcat’s education development manager said, “We’re absolutely delighted to be partnering with Lenovo on the NDNA contract. It is a hugely important award for Softcat, supporting our continued investment in and commitment to working with higher education institutions. It also enables us to offer an even wider portfolio of products and services to our HE and FE customers in conjunction with our other national framework awards, NEPA, ITRAP and SUPC Software Licensing. Our dedicated team of 20 education specialists are looking forward to working closely with LUPC member institutions and assisting them in providing innovative and cost effective solutions in conjunction with Lenovo.”
Lenovo’s Michelle McGeoch, UK senior sales manager, added: “Winning a place on the NDNA framework is a significant milestone for Lenovo and is further evidence of our growth and success in both education and the wider public sector. We’re confident that by working together with carefully selected partners like Softcat we will be able to offer the UK’s higher educational institutions a real alternative in computing innovation.”
Jamie Burke, Softcat’s public sector director said, “The NDNA framework agreement has been on Softcat’s radar for some time and securing one of the coveted places is simply fantastic. More than ever before the way in which teachers and students use technology is changing at a ferocious pace, and Windows 8 is finally gaining real traction. Additionally, Softcat’s 30+ security specialists are on hand to assist those clients who still have concerns about managing and securing mobile devices, whilst giving their users the freedom and flexibility they require.”
Softcat (www.softcat.com) is a leading provider of software licensing, hardware, security and related IT services. Softcat, founded in 1993 by Peter Kelly, remains privately owned and currently employs more than 500 people. It achieved a turnover in excess of £307 million in its last financial year and has been profitable since inception, resulting in a strong balance sheet and very firm financial foundations.
The company sells and supports products and solutions from all the world's leading IT companies. On all its portfolio products and solutions it offers a full range of services, including advice and guidance, technical design, product sourcing, implementation, support and project management. It enjoys a trading relationship with over 5,000 longstanding customers, predominantly from the UK corporate sector but also including large enterprises, small businesses and public sector organisations.
As an organisation Softcat cares passionately about two things – outstanding employee satisfaction and world-class customer service. It believes the former drives the latter.
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US $34 billion personal technology company – one of the top two PC makers in the world and an emerging PC Plus leader – serving customers in more than 160 countries. Dedicated to exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile internet devices, Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices, including tablets and smart phones. Lenovo, a global Fortune 500 company, has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see www.lenovo.com.