New UC systemwide agreement with Dell Technologies expands relationship to include software

By Bala Balakumar. University of California Systemwide Procurement introduces a new UC-wide agreement with Dell as the new UC systemwide software value added reseller (aka VAR).  This new agreement is in addition to the existing Dell hardware agreement.  This new Dell agreement replaces SHI International Corporation as the UC systemwide software VAR for Microsoft and Adobe, as well as MicroFocus and Netskope, effective 2/1/23.

In partnership with the IT Sourcing Committee (ITSC) and the Software Services Group (SSG), UC Systemwide Procurement conducted a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a software value added reseller. The primary driver for the RFP was the existing SHI agreement reaching the ten-year policy term limit. The RFP resulted in Dell being identified as the best value supplier to serve the UC system’s software VAR needs going forward. 

This agreement is now available to all UC locations. The Agreement documents are available in CalUsource as Contract #2022003449.

Benefits to the university

UC locations working together achieved these benefits:

•           $5.8m in projected financial benefit UC-wide over the initial term

•           5-year initial term, with five annual renewals at the university’s discretion

•           Fixed pricing during initial term

•           Agreement terms aligned with the university’s needs and compliant with policy and laws

Kudos to the UC-wide Request for Proposal (RFP) project team

This RFP and associated benefits resulted from the dedication and hard work of: Jon Hays, John Valmores (UC Berkeley); Kevin Loenker, Britany Duyanovich, Matt Theodore (UC Davis); Alan Love, Jeremiah Gorman (UC Davis Health); Mike Caban, Chris Boyd, Patrick Ko, (UC Irvine); Laurie Gale, Liz De Bartolo, Corey Flood  (UC Irvine Health); Matt Hedges, Todd Weber (UCLA); Nick Lloyd (UCLA Health); Sean Pamer (UC Merced); Michelle Ybarra (UC Riverside); Ellen Friel (UC Santa Cruz;) Ron Reyes, Andrew Bunker (UC San Diego); Fred Poulsen (UC San Diego Health); Joanne Petersen, Jesse Anderson, David Carcamo, Jerry Tung (UCSF); Steve Pease, Neil Kronenthal, Terese Merrell, Matt Linzer, Judy Thai and Bala Balakumar (UC Office of the President).

More Information

Please contact Bala Balakumar, Senior Commodity Manager, IT Strategic Sourcing, your campus software licensing coordinator, or your local Strategic Sourcing team member for questions about the agreement.

Together with our suppliers and internal project team, IT Strategic Sourcing is working hard to ensure effective implementation and full cost savings to benefit you and the University of California. To learn more, visit the IT Strategic Sourcing website 

About the Author: 

Bala Balakumar
Senior Commodity Manager, IT Strategic Sourcing
University of California, Procurement Services