Virginia spends $220 million on end-user hardware, print services
Published: September 26, 2018
Two final contracts under the state's new multi-vendor IT sourcing model prepare the state for a transition the technology agency has been working on since 2015.
The Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) has announced two additional contracts under the new IT sourcing model. These contracts, one with Iron Bow Technologies for computers, laptops, and tablets, and one with Xerox for print services, total $220 million.
These announced awards follow other new contract awards as the Commonwealth shifts away from its monolithic single-provider agreement with Northrop Grumman, such as a $242.4 million deal with Unisys to manage the state server, storage, and data center needs and a nearly $300 million contract with Verizon for voice and data services. Virginia is moving to a multi-sourcing model, which, according to CIO Nelson Moe, will allow state agencies to modernize and enhance technologies services throughout the Commonwealth.
The shift from Northrop as a single provider overseeing all IT matters is the last of a dying breed for government contracting, as states have largely sought the cost effective and flexible approach a multi-vendor model provides.