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Internet2 and E&I Cooperative Services Announce Pilot Project to help Serve U.S. Higher Education Technology Needs

Posted on Sep 26, 2019 by Sara Aly
Tags: Frontpage News, Internet2 NET+

Organizations will bring proven technology and procurement expertise together to improve higher education technology buying


JERICHO, N.Y., September 26, 2019 – Internet2, a non-profit, member-driven advanced technology community founded by the nation’s leading higher education institutions, and E&I Cooperative Services (E&I), the nation’s largest, member-owned, non-profit purchasing cooperative serving the needs of education, today announced a pilot project that aims to provide the U.S higher educational community with advanced technology solution contracts that meet generally accepted public procurement standards.  

In this pilot, E&I and its RFP team will lead the competitive solicitation and award(s) process, leveraging the company’s decades of experience in public procurement. Internet2 will provide E&I and the RFP team with input with respect to certain technical requirements related to the RFP, leveraging the organization’s history of success in offering cloud solutions to the research and education community.

“Internet2 is very pleased to officially embark on this pilot project with E&I,” said Kevin Morooney, Vice President for Trust & Identity Services and NET+. “Many of our higher education members already work closely with E&I for competitive procurement. This pilot project will help us learn how to best pull together Internet2’s technical expertise and E&I’s procurement expertise to support national-scale evaluation, selection and negotiation of cloud services in support of our collective members.”

“I am excited about the combined strength of these organizations, which for the first time will open this  critical catalog of enterprise solutions and services to E&I’s proven competitive solicitation process, and to many more institutions that may have previously had difficulty leveraging them due to procurement requirements,” stated Loren Malm, Chief Information Officer at Ball State University. “Combining the highly regarded procurement expertise of E&I with the technical review and services validation of Internet2 provides the higher education community with the very best of both organizations,” he concluded.

As the only purchasing cooperative focused exclusively on education, E&I has developed a robust technology portfolio, including hardware and software solutions for school operations, student information and learning management systems, and enterprise cloud solutions. Under this pilot project, both organizations will collaborate strategically to bring best-in-class technology solutions to market to serve the unique needs of the education community. A key goal for the pilot project will be to facilitate strategic collaboration between procurement and IT at colleges and universities nationwide.

“E&I has been working with Internet2 for the past two years to combine our unique and core competencies in procurement and technology to bring the best technology contracts to our collective membership,” stated Keith Fowlkes, Vice President, Technology at E&I. “As institutional technology requirements continue to evolve and scale, the challenges placed on higher education technology leaders have become ever more complex. Working in strategic collaboration with Internet2, E&I will continue to bring competitively solicited enterprise technology contracts to our collective membership. Ultimately, we expect this pilot project to provide CIOs, CTOs, and CPOs with greater confidence, choice, and flexibility in their institutional technology buying.”

E&I will be announcing a competitive solicitation under this pilot shortly, with an award anticipated in the first half of 2020. A group of E&I and Internet2 member institutions will review the pilot project and make recommendations for future collaboration among the two organizations, as well as opportunities for additional competitive solicitations.
 

About Internet2


Internet2® is a non-profit, member-driven advanced technology community founded by the nation’s leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 serves 319 U.S. universities, 60 government agencies, 43 regional and state education networks and through them supports more than 100,000 community anchor institutions, over 1,000 InCommon participants, and 59 leading corporations working with our community, and 70 national research and education network partners that represent more than 100 countries.

Internet2 delivers a diverse portfolio of technology solutions that leverages, integrates, and amplifies the strengths of its members and helps support their educational, research and community service missions. Internet2’s core infrastructure components include the nation’s largest and fastest research and education network that was built to deliver advanced, customized services that are accessed and secured by the community-developed trust and identity framework.

Internet2 offices are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Denver, Colorado; Washington, D.C.; and West Hartford, Connecticut. For more information, visit www.internet2.edu or follow @Internet2 on Twitter.

About E&I Cooperative Services


E&I Cooperative Services (E&I) is the only member-owned, non-profit purchasing cooperative solely focused on serving education and related facilities. E&I delivers expertise, solutions, and services through a diverse portfolio of competitively solicited contracts. By leveraging the knowledge and purchasing power of its nationwide membership, E&I helps higher education and K-12 institutions reduce costs, optimize supply chain efficiencies, and save time on the RFP process. The Cooperative’s member-driven competitive solicitation process has been validated by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) as complying with generally accepted procurement standards. For more information, please visit: www.eandi.org