IT Hardware Purchasing
I work for a Not for Profit, our Technology team are sweating their IT hardware and aren't in a position to forecast our future business requirements. Projects can be very reactive, with short lead times, because we might have received government funding. So I am looking for ways to negotiate best value, in the absence of any kind of forecast on future business needs?
I run into similar issues, but use cooperative purchasing agreements and state contracts whenever I can. Most of the legwork is done upfront. Most importantly, vendor compliance is managed, which is more than half the lift.
Wondering if there are any collaborative purchasing bodies you can use in Australia. In Scotland Not for Profit organisations can access some of the goverment contracts for things like IT Hardware. Am tagging Keith Bird in case he can help