Slide from a presentation given to SCIT in December 2011; see all slides (PDF)
Stephen Winckelman sent the following message to the ITLA collective on February 12, 2012. He and Linda Woock graciously agreed to share it here.
Dear ITLA collective,
You may remember in 2009 Linda Woock, the director of financial systems support [now the strategic sourcing program manager], came to an ITLA meeting to introduce the Strategic Sourcing Initiative. This was a plan to meet University leadership's charge to reduce costs. We agreed to assist Purchasing with the IT component of this plan and one of the initial areas we looked into (as low hanging fruit) was desktop, laptop, and server purchases.
The attached powerpoint deck given to the Senate Committee on Information Technology (SCIT) in December 2011 shows the success we had in reducing overall computer support costs through standardization of the Dell offerings on Umart. It's important to note that the use of these standard machines is voluntary and yet we are seeing an 80 to 90 percent adoption rate.
On slide 5 you'll see that IT generated the second largest savings after Benefits.
I want to thank Paul Honsey (OIT), Kris Adelmann (OIT), Rex Wheeler (Ext), Simin Hickman (OIT), Linda Woock, Elaine Kelash and Tim Bray for work done on the Dell laptop/desktop standards and Patton Fast (OIT) and Kemal Badur (CLA) for work on the Server standards. If I left anyone out, I apologize in advance. Certainly the CM group's work on OSD task lists and application packages for Dell computers was large part of these savings so we must thank them as well.
One interesting footnote is that we've learned that the University spends more on printers than on computers making this is a potentially new area where we could focus future efforts.