This is a summary guideline for schools on the Google Chromebook and AndroidProcurement Framework, which outlines how it can be used to specify, request quotes and purchase fit-for-purpose computing devices, while achieving value for money. The target audience includes school authorities, principals, ETBs, and those involved in the planning, provision and support of ICT in schools.
The Framework itself was developed by the Office of Government Procurement (OGP). It simplifies the procurement process and includes six suppliers. These six approved suppliers were subject to a detailed evaluation process, ensuring that they can provide suitable products, associated services and support for schools.
This guideline presents the framework in non-technical language, so as to be as simple and useful as possible for schools.
Schools can specify any device they require, including a ‘standard’ spec’ or they have the flexibility to include their own specific requirements
An example template specification is provided – see below, this can be modified by schools to suit their needs
As standard framework contractual terms and conditions are already in place with the six suppliers, there is no need for these to be re-specified.
All Android devices include a minimum 1 year next business day (NBD) onsite warranty
All Chromebooks include a minimum 3 year next business day (NBD) onsite warranty
Advice and support for schools:
PDST Technology in Education provides ICT advice and support via our website at www.pdsttechnologyineducation.ie/technology on a range of areas including ICT procurement. This includes providing schools with guidance on using the ICT framework to procure suitable computing devices. If schools have queries in these areas they can email us at email@example.com.
Framework Suppliers - Summary: The following 6 suppliers have qualified to be on the Framework.
Summary of Procurement Framework Rules:
1. All suppliers must be treated fairly and equally.
RFT requirements must be specified in a non-discriminatory manner.
2. All Suppliers must be allowed reasonable time to respond to a Request for Tender (SRFT).
Suppliers must be given a reasonable amount of time to submit a response. It is suggested that a minimum of 5 working days is needed for responses. More complex mini-competitions should be given 2 full weeks.
3. Open-ness and transparency regarding how the winning tender is selected
When issuing the RFT, the evaluation criteria that will be used in the evaluation process needs to be transparent. The evaluation criteria may be totally based on cost. However, if schools want more flexibility in choosing a supplier, the framework allows you to apply evaluation criteria including: cost, suitability for intended use, customer references re’ quality of products and /or services provided, delivery conditions, or criteria for Notebooks such as screen size, weight, battery life etc .,
How to seek Tender Responses by issuing a Supplementary Request for Tender (SRFT):
Supplementary RFT (SRFT) Email Template:
The following example email template wording is provided as a basis for the SRFT email, and can be modified as required. Just ‘cut and paste’ the text below to your email, and then modify it as required before sending it to ChromeAndroidFramework@pdst.ie.Emails sent to ChromeAndroidFramework@pdst.ie will be forwarded to the 6 framework suppliers, who will then respond to your SRFT before the ‘Closing Date for Supplier Responses’ that you specify. Example Email:
Subject: Supplementary Request for Tender (SRFT) for Chromebooks and/or Android devices Dear Supplier,
Please quote for [X] Chromebooks of the spec’ below as per the OGP Framework.
Chromebooks are to be used by [teachers/students] in classrooms and other areas