CDW-G Wins Contracts With Two Statewide Higher Education Organizations
The Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium (MHEC) and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Tap CDW-G for Technology Products that Advance Learning
Vernon Hills, IL - June 6, 2005 - CDW Government, Inc. (CDW-G) - a wholly owned subsidiary of CDW Corporation (NASDAQ: CDWC) and leading source of information technology (IT) solutions to governments and educators - today announced the following two higher education contract wins: a multimedia equipment contract with the Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium (MHEC) and a multiple participation award contract with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).
These agreements allow state university faculty and staff to select and receive the right technology quickly from CDW-G's wide selection of name-brand technology products and services, while realizing significant cost savings.
"These two awards reinforce the commitment that CDW-G has made in the Higher Education marketplace," said Chris Rother, CDW-G's vice president for education, state and local sales. "We are committed to responding rapidly to our customers' technology needs and working closely with the Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to drive continued advances in learning through the use of technology on campus. These institutions should be commended for implementing smart purchasing strategies and collaborating on procurement statewide to secure the best pricing on cutting-edge technology tools for their students."
Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium (MHEC)
The Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium (MHEC) provides and manages goods and services contracts using group buying best practices for its 83 member institutions, which include 15 community colleges, nine state colleges, five campuses of the University of Massachusetts system, the Museum of Fine Arts, WGBH public television, the Massachusetts Trial Courts and Elderhostel as well as 49 private colleges and universities in New England.
MHEC awarded CDW-G a two-year multimedia equipment agreement, which calls for CDW-G to provide Polycom videoconferencing equipment and accessories, as well as a broad array of multimedia projectors, projector accessories and lamps. Leading vendors supplying these products include: 3M, Canon, Epson, Hewlett-Packard, InFocus, Optoma, Promixa, Sharp and Toshiba.
"We are pleased to make available to our member universities and organizations the latest multimedia equipment, as these technologies enable collaborative, interactive teaching and learning," said Jake Bishop, chairman of the MHEC. "Our agreement with CDW-G enables us to respond quickly to their needs while realizing sustainable cost savings through more effective purchasing practices, which in turn benefits our students and other constituents."
Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE)
The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) includes 14 university campuses, as well as four branch campuses and the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In total, PASSHE serves more than 100,000 students, 586,000 alumni and 12,500 faculty members.
CDW-G partnered with PASSHE on a two-year multiple participation award contract with a three-year annual renewal option. The agreement enables PASSHE faculty and staff to order technology products from the full CDW-G catalog and benefit from discount prices and improved ordering efficiency across all its campuses. Under the agreement, each member university can issue requests for qualifications and individual purchase orders or contracts to CDW-G for its respective projects. Each participating university can purchase products directly from CDW-G online and take advantage of PASSHE's negotiated pricing.
"Because of the broad selection of vendors available through this agreement, students, faculty and staff of our state university system can now go to one Web site or make one phone call to purchase virtually all of today's best technology products in an efficient and cost-effective manner," said Scott Bailey, procurement manager of PASSHE. "We understand technology's ability to enhance learning on campus and are confident this agreement will put the right tools at the fingertips of tomorrow's leaders, advancing education in Pennsylvania."
CDW-G partners with leading IT companies to deliver more than 100,000 products from more than 1,000 manufacturers to higher education customers, providing them with best-in-class products and solutions. CDW-G provides higher education institutions rapid turn-around, industry-leading order management and best-in-class products and solutions.
In addition, CDW-G offers a variety of services through its extranet program, which provides each higher education customer with a customized e-commerce site that enables secure access to the customer's account teams, product information and purchase history. Customers can track their purchases, manage asset-tagged hardware, inventory their software licenses and order configured products via the extranet. These customized e-commerce sites offer higher education institutions an easy-to-use, comprehensive purchasing interface to better control the purchasing process.
CDW Government, Inc. (CDW-G), a wholly owned subsidiary of CDW Corporation (NASDAQ: CDWC), a FORTUNE 500 company, is a trusted technology advisor and solutions provider to federal, state and local government agencies, as well as to educational institutions at all levels. CDW-G responds with a sense of urgency to customer technology needs, delivering best-in-class solutions from top-name brands such as APC, Cisco, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Sony, Symantec, Toshiba and ViewSonic. CDW-G focuses on building strong customer relationships with its knowledgeable account managers and technical specialists who provide extensive pre- and post-sales support.
For more information about CDW-G product offerings, procurement options, services and solutions, call 1.800.863.4239, or visit the CDW-G Web site at CDWG.com.