It's official: Buckeyes Back Big Blue
In return for a 35% discount, Ohio State makes
IBM it's preferred vendor for personal computers
The Chronicle of Higher Education
November 21, 2003
"Ohio State University and the IBM Corporation have
signed a sizable deal for personal computers that
could stretch the university system's purchasing power
by several million dollars over the next 3 years.
The PC contract, which IBM says is its largest ever
with a university, has attracted attention because the
university spends $25-million a year on PC's and PC-related
hardware and software. But the agreement also signals
a growing interest, particularly among large universities,
in awarding winner-take-all contracts for Windows PC's.
Ohio State will get an average discount of 35 percent on
IBM's retail prices for desktop computers, notebooks, and
servers. IBM's typical higher-education discount for PC's
is 10 percent.
ThinkPad T40 (1.5 Ghz, 256 Mram, wireless)
-- standard web retail $2,249
-- Ohio State price: $1,484.34
Seven PC resellers bid for the contract
Current Population of computers
-- Dell 78%
-- Apple 10%
-- Gateway 6%
-- IBM 3%
-- HP 2%
QUIZ: In 3 years, at the end of the contract,
what will be Apple's share of the Ohio State
desktop environment ?