Hewlett-Packard has failed to reach the Intention To Award (ITA) stage on any of the three lots included in the £6bn Commodity IT Hardware and Software framework agreement but has ten days to appeal against Buying Solutions' decision.
The professional buying organisation has told suppliers whether they have made it onto the 3 year public sector procurement framework - PCs, servers & infrastructure and software - and given all candidates time to respond before the final award letters go out on 22 February.
It would seem that DSGi business Equanet has made it back onto the framework for two of the three lots. It was one many that complained to framework organiser Buying Solutions about the scoring metric last year.
As expected Dell did not make it through on any of the three Lots including client devices, infrastructure and software but perhaps a bigger surprise is the complete absence of HP, though it may be able to sell through reseller partners that have provisionally made it to ITA.
"This will give HP a bit of a headache and is a very big deal for Dell because public sector is its heartland," said one source close to the framework.
CITHS is due to commence on 1 March but the delays in the evaluation process have prompted Buying Solutions to extend the existing agreement with suppliers by two months to 30 April to create an overlap and avoid disruptions to procurement.
As revealed yesterday, Buying Soluions has extended the current framework agreement to 30 April, it had been due to expire at the end of this month but to safeguard against potential delays to the 1 March launch of the new contract.
Lot 1 - Client devices
Lot 2 - Servers & Infrastructure
Lot 3 - Software