Originating in 1982, Pennsylvania Educational Purchasing Program for Microcomputers [PEPPM] is a nationwide cooperative contract created to assist government agencies and educational organizations fulfill their bidding requirements for procurement.
The PEPPM program is designed to satisfy bid obligations for products such as:
The PEPPM cooperative purchasing program is administrated by the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU). Pennsylvania currently has 29 Intermediate Units that provide for various needs of school districts as defined geographically within the state of Pennsylvania. Typically, an intermediate unit, such as the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, answers directly to the Pennsylvania State Department of Education. In doing so, they provide structure and organization around various aspects of their designated school districts’ infrastructure including: VoIP Telephony & E-911 Compliance standards, Wireless Solutions, Leased Fiber Services, E-Rate Consultation, and more!
Taking on a more prominent role than most other Intermediate Units, the CSIU conducts PEPPM, and is therefore responsible for the technology services not only in their districts, but also in various charter schools, public schools, technical and vocational schools as well as other IU’s in Pennsylvania in addition to other government agencies.
Through PEPPM, the CSIU solicits bids from and awards contracts for new or updated technology on behalf of all eligible buyers in Pennsylvania and California. The CSIU defines eligible buyers for the state of Pennsylvania and California to be:
In addition to the eligible pubic organizations listed above, PEPPM bidders in Pennsylvania, government services and education buyers in over 40 states use PEPPM contracts when it comes time to purchase new telephony solutions, hardware, cloud services or other technology for schools or agencies that they provide for PEPPM-Authorized Solutions.
Through PEPPM, CSIU has worked with Infradapt to realize our efforts to provide education and government services buyers with a way to place orders, obtain quotes and seek pre-sale or post-sale on-site local and remote support, and most of all- receive not just hardware, but the guarantee that the solution will function for the life of its subscription. This is all done with one flat rate price. Unlimited Remote & On Site Support. and the Infradapt Guarantee.
Since its inception, Infradapt has found a great success in providing our clients with tailored infrastructures that are optimized and fortified to be relevant in today’s ever-changing business landscape. Infradapt views each of our clients as a partner. A testament to this core philosophy is our SLA Bound guarantee that all Infradapt deployed solutions will produce their intended functionality at all times with unlimited access to 24x7x365 remote and onsite support. With every piece of hardware unified into a solution, Infradapt is proud to say that it provides cost effective alternative to brands such as:
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Through PEPPM, Infradapt strives to work hand in hand with the CSIU to provide educational and government buyers with access to our product line aimed at saving school district dollars while providing them with the most cost effective and flexible platforms on the market! All Tailored. All Deployed. All Maintained. All Guaranteed. All one Price.
There are three phases an educational or government buyer must go through when they want to place an order through the PEPPM bid process.
The buyer does research on the product or services they are seeking to purchase. This research is best done through contacting an Infradapt PEPPM Sales specialist who will take the time to understand the needs of the organization, and help guide them through the pricing catalog made available through the PEPPM website and catalog store. The sales specialist will then provide the eligible entity with all quantity discounts, further product details, and a final quote with designated SKU’s and quantities.
Once the consultation phase is complete, it is time to submit a purchase order. This can be done in one of three ways:
During a business week, PEPPM / CSIU staff will check any purchase orders faxed to them in order to verify the price and product information are correct, and the purchase order complies with PEPPM’s contract standards – all within a 24 hour period. If all of these criteria are met, then PEPPM staff will place the purchase order on the Epylon eCommerce system on the customer’s behalf.
After the ordering phase, Infradapt will receive an email or fax notification automatically. In the case of faxes, any attached paper quotes are added to the Epylon purchase order, this consists of a copy of the fax itself. Buyers can log into their Epylon eCommerce accounts to check the status of their order.
Infradapt also receives a notification of the purchase order in our Epylon eCommerce account.
In addition to the advantages of the PEPPM bid system mentioned above, others include more electronic orders being directed to Infradapt and an easier transition from traditional order processing methods, such as faxes, to the eCommerce system.
There are a numerous amount of institutions that can utilize PEPPM to order their technology infrastructure services. While the core program was originally educational institutions such as public schools and universities, which can use the PEPPM bid system as an affordable way to provide their students with the technology infrastructure that they need to complete their studies, such as cloud services, software, hardware and printer ink. Other institutions that can benefit include state government, local government and other institutions that serve the public, such as libraries.
Out of the three, libraries in particular benefit from the PEPPM bid program the most. Much like educational institutions, libraries can use the PEPPM bid system as a way to satisfy the technology needs of the people who come through their doors.
The main benefit of using PEPPM is the vendor agreements that require PEPPM-affiliated vendors to provide their best local education agency (LEA) pricing, ensuring the buyer will get the lowest prices possible.
There are a number of benefits for education and government buyers that choose to purchase their technology through the PEPPM order system, including:
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