The Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) has selected Softcat, along with a small number of other suppliers, to provide software licence reseller services to over a hundred higher and further education institutes in the UK. Potentially worth £60m per year, this is the first contract of its kind for UK universities to purchase software under a national agreement.
The new framework contract will help higher and further education institutes across the UK to attain the best value for their software licensing over the next three years, although SUPC retains the option to extend the framework for a further year. Educational institutions already purchase much of their software from resellers and it is expected that framework resellers will provide added-value services. Softcat, with its supplier status for Microsoft, Adobe, VMware and other software, successfully tendered for all four lots under the agreement.
“This contract is hugely important to Softcat as part of our continued investment in and commitment to working with higher education institutions,” Nick Berry, Softcat’s education business development manager, said. “Softcat has in excess of 20 specialist account managers who are dedicated to working with higher education institutions. They are trained to the highest level on Microsoft, Adobe, VMware and other leading software products in order to provide the best possible advice and support on education licensing agreements to our valued customers. We look forward to working closely with SUPC member institutions and assisting them in providing best value software licensing solutions for both staff and students.”