Places for People has launched a new procurement service, offering a comprehensive bundle of IT services for itself and other housing providers to buy without getting caught up in lengthy procurement processes.
The housing provider’s Procurement Hub comprises seven ‘lots’ of core software and hardware, delivered by five IT suppliers: Open Reality (client, server and storage hardware), Software One (licensing), XMA (mobile working and Apple devices), eReco (hardware disposal) and K3 FDS (outsourced IT).
Jon Thomson, IT director, Places for People, said, “Like any big organisation, managing such a large IT environment would be impossible without having access to a reliable supply chain which offers the best value and a time-efficient service. The IT partners that we’ve met through the Procurement Hub framework have become an extension of our own teams to deliver leading-edge IT infrastructure and services for the group.
“The group’s IT framework partners help us to ask the right questions about our operations, such as how we can guarantee the security of data when disposing of hardware, or what the ideal server design looks like for our particular requirements. These are questions that our peers should be asking of themselves; Procurement Hub’s IT services framework is here to help provide the answers.”