Millions of dollars in savings with better managing city laptops, PCs, report says

The City has long struggled when it comes to its IT, managing it in a way that waste taxpayers millions of dollars. The latest flaw in the system was exposed in a recent draft city technology report.

The City manages 17,421 PCs and 2,580 laptops across the 27 city departments, the report says. And it found “IT managers are buying PC configurations at a higher price point, because the price is inflated to include operating systems and MS Office, which does not take advantage of the benefits that may be derived from a citywide Enterprise Agreement for licensing.”

In other words, the way the city is purchasing is wasting millions.  If The City listens to the wisdom of its own report, the savings would be significant.

“Standardizing configurations will ensure that software licenses are accounted for in direct vendor licensing versus bundling agreements. With an assumption of 20,000 desk tops, and a five  year refresh rate, a city?wide Enterprise Agreement) with Microsoft is estimated to save the City as much as $10,360,000 citywide savings over 5 years as compared with buying retail,” the report says.

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