“Our goal is to build a unified front for the public sector and our higher education members from all sectors to purchase and implement game-changing technologies and keep up with the pace of innovation,” said Dr. Samuel Conn, President and CEO at NJEdge.
NEWARK, N.J. (PRWEB) October 23, 2018
NJEdge, a statewide Research and Education Network, has awarded an RFP to SHI International Corp (SHI) to provide access to Microsoft’s technology solutions and services for education and public sector organizations, including state and local government, K-12 schools, and higher education institutions.
The partnership aims to leverage cooperative purchasing and keep New Jersey’s technology spend in-state, offering a local, streamlined and cost-effective vehicle for all higher education institutions and public sector entities to purchase Microsoft technologies.
The collaboration between NJEdge and SHI is the newest addition to NJEdge’s Cooperative Pricing System, which includes a referenceable Department of Community Affairs (DCA) number. This enables public sector institutions to identify and integrate Microsoft technologies without having to individually navigate the costly and time-consuming bid process.
Through this consortium purchasing approach, NJEdge can issue Request for Proposals (RFPs) and deliver economies of scale on behalf of all member institutions and the public sector community in New Jersey.
“NJEdge continually raises the bar for technology in universities, K-12 schools, and government agencies, a mission that blends perfectly with SHI’s ability to serve every organization’s unique IT needs,” said Denise Verdicchio, Senior Director, Public Sector, SHI. “Our aim, as always, is to deliver the tools and solutions that will help each institution fulfill its promise to its students, faculty, and staff every day.”
SHI is Microsoft’s top license solution provider and will provide NJEdge community members access to a wide range of solutions and services, including:
- Microsoft 365 Education, with Microsoft Office, classroom tools, file and content management, and more
- Microsoft Azure and related cloud-based services over NJEdge’s high-performance network
- Professional services that help organizations access, design, build and manage a more optimized, secure, and cost-effective environment
“Our goal is to build a unified front for the public sector and our higher education members from all sectors to purchase and implement game-changing technologies and keep up with the pace of innovation,” said Dr. Samuel Conn, President and CEO at NJEdge. “Our partnership with SHI strengthens our commitment to help our members gain the utmost in efficiency when adopting technology solutions for their organizations. The fact that we can do so via a purchasing vehicle which keeps our state technology spend here in New Jersey, rather than sending administrative fees elsewhere, is an exciting added benefit for the state.”
Founded in 2000, NJEdge is a New Jersey-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit which provides high-performance optical networking, Internet, digital asset management solutions and IT products and services. NJEdge provides these solutions to colleges and universities, K-12 school districts, government entities, hospital networks, and businesses as part of a member consortium spread throughout the continental US. The group is governed by New Jersey’s Presidents’ Council and housed at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) on its Newark, NJ, campus. For more information, visit: http://www.njedge.net.
About SHI International
Founded in 1989, SHI International Corp. is a $8.5 billion+ global provider of technology products and services. Driven by the industry's most experienced and stable sales force and backed by software volume licensing experts, hardware procurement specialists, and certified IT services professionals, SHI delivers custom IT solutions to Corporate, Enterprise, Public Sector, and Academic customers. With over 4,000 employees worldwide, SHI is the largest Minority and Woman Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) in the U.S. and is ranked 8th among CRN's Solution Provider 500 list of North American IT solution providers. For more information, visit https://www.SHI.com.