Cooperative purchasing allows public sector organizations to utilize competitively-bid contracts without the investment of time and resources in issuing their own solicitations. By leveraging the volume-buying power of various agencies and organizations, vendors can offer lower prices through cooperative agreements. DataXport holds contracts through the following three cooperatives:
Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR)
DataXport offers DIR-approved preferential pricing to eligible DIR customers (generally state government agencies, many of whom are required to use DIR vendors whenever possible) on Digitech Systems, Inc. Electronic Document Management/Enterprise Content Management Software (EDMS/ECM) and Related Services, and Document Imaging Hardware, through Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Cooperative Contracts.
ICT Cooperative Contracts save taxpayer money by leveraging the state’s volume-buying power to drive down costs on more than 750 technology contracts through a streamlined co-op purchasing program. In FY 2009 alone, the program had over $1.3 billion in sales generating more than $171 million in taxpayer savings.
Education Service Center Region 19, Allied States Cooperative (Region 19)
DataXport holds a Region 19 contract for Document Scanning and Records Management Services, which is available for use by all Region 19 members including local school districts and municipal governments. Becoming a member of Region 19 is free, and with its administration right here in El Paso, Region 19 is an excellent option for local cooperative purchasing.
The Interlocal Purchasing System (TIPS)
DataXport offers Document Imaging and Duplicating Services through a TIPS contract. Similar to Region 19, TIPS is administered by Education Service Center Region 8; however TIPS contracts have a broader reach and are available to more entities nationwide. Membership is free to most state and local governments and nonprofit organizations.