I will parrot something Peter D said some time back. At the most basic level
you have to have the payroll somewhere to pay someone to answer the phone
calls from the vendors.
People do vol to try this (bj being the current example) but for something to
be a success over the long term there needs to be an infrastructure (a phone,
a human) in place to keep records, have institutional memory, etc.
That being said, I think the vendors like the disorganization, they make margin
on numerous smaller orders.
I think it might be best to start with things that already exist, isn't there
someone on this list for NEISTE that 'sells' AV licenses for Sophos.
How does that work?
Willing to talk about it, heck even try it but in no way sold on the idea yet.
And that is only if we are talking a voluntary system here.
"I am not saying the State should dictate software but should negotiate for a
master list of software that can be purchased at far greater discounts than
are available now and cover primary platforms."