The Department of Finance and Deregulation has announced the formulation of its Managed Print Services Panel as part of its overall push to whole-of-government ICT procurement.
The panel will provide ‘major office machine’ or MOMs services on a per impression fee basis to meet agencies’ operational needs. The panel also covers covers the deployment and maintaining of equipment owned by service providers and consumables.
Organisations selected for the panel include CSG Enterprise Print Services, Canon Australia, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia, and Ricoh Australia
The MOMs panel follows the April announcement of an Equipment and Support Panel for maintenance and consumables for devices including network printers, multi-function devices, and scanners.
Earlier this month the department announced the finalisation of its whole-of-government telecommunications panel to supply agencies with telco advice, services and support.
Specific services under the panel include the design of new telecommunications solutions, management of mobile phone fleets, and improved billing and inventory management.
“It is the first time agencies will be able to procure the management layer of underlying telecommunications products and services through a whole of government panel arrangement,” Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) first secretary John Sheridan wrote in a blog post.
“The panel will help Australian Government agencies procure services to supplement their internal capabilities. This arrangement will also achieve savings and efficiencies through the procurement process and better utilisation of aggregated buying power.”
Organisations selected for the panel include Boeing Defence Australia, Bridge IT Engineering, Consultel IT and T, Fujitsu Australia, NEC Australia, Optus Networks, and Telstra.
Speaking at CeBIT Australia earlier in the month Sheridan said the Federal Government’s eight ICT whole-of-government panel arrangements were realising real financial gains.
“What [the panels] have meant is that we have been able to get prices and arrangements for agencies which previously government wasn’t getting,” he said.
“Bringing the government’s complete buying power together has started to provide some real effects and changes.”
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