Yes, I agree, there has to be a better way and a means for leveraging our purchasing power for better pricing from vendors and leveraging our shared knowledge for finding the best solutions.
It may be heretical to say it, but I think that we (tech folks around the state) should get together and decide on a relatively limited set of models of equipment that we all purchase. And that we negotiate a state-wide deal with vendors, which should result in lower prices than the state contract because the volume would be higher. E.g.,
Please note: This list is not supposed to be the ultimate list, just a conversation starter.
Personally, I think it's a bit absurd that each of us consumes x hours per year comparing models and making our own independent decisions. I think there could be non-trivial economies of scale if we jointly made such decisions and all bought from a standard list of equipment. We could all be even more mutually supportive than we already are, because there would be many of us using the exact same model of equipment and dealing with the same quirks and problems. Small school districts would benefit from the combined expertise of all the IT specialists in the state. I could go on, but hopefully you get the point.
We recognize that it's important for students to master 21st century skills such as collaboration. Why not practice what we preach?
Easy? No. Worth the effort? I think so!
From: School Information Technology Discussion [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Raymond Ballou
Sent: Friday, April 30, 2010 1:02 PM
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Subject: Re: Oregon Makes Google Apps for Education available statewide
The state already has contract pricing (you mention bulk which is another animal entirely) for many things, see here http://bgs.vermont.gov/purchasing/contractinfo
>Why can't Vermont do this? Not to mention, bulk purchases of
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