• By London Councils

Forty-seven organisations, including 16 London boroughs, joined forces in 2009 to save more than £10.5 million in the latest IT hardware e-auction. Hardware worth nearly £49 million was on offer at the e-auction, selling for a total of around £38.5 million. It was run by the Office of Government Commerce's Markets & Collaborative Procurement ICT team with Capital Ambition and PA Consulting. Ten major IT suppliers took part in the e-auction, which took around five hours, and is being hailed the most successful yet.

Capital Ambition is now supporting work to roll out e-auctions nationally to generate further savings in London and beyond.

Speaking of the 2009 e-Auction, the Chief Executive of the London Borough of Enfield, Rob Leak, said: “We are delighted with the results achieved through this eAuction as it gives us a tangible cashable saving and proves that collaborative working delivers results. I am eager that the collaborative approach extends to other high value commodities and services highlighted by Capital Ambition as I am sure that there are even more savings to be exploited across London by working together and influencing markets.”

Chris Chettle, OGC eAuction manager, said: "The eAuction has delivered an extremely competitive deal, demonstrating the huge benefits that can be obtained by working collaboratively to engage with suppliers.   These councils and NHS trusts have together achieved far greater price reductions than anything they would have obtained by each negotiating with the suppliers on an individual basis.”

The eAuction was championed by Capital Ambition, which provided senior sponsorship and project management resources. The OGC assisted with technical and project management support, drawing on the lessons and successes of its previous six IT eAuctions.

In 2008 fourteen councils and six NHS Trusts joined together to save nearly £7 million in the latest IT hardware eAuction run by the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) with Capital Ambition.

The councils and trusts auctioned IT hardware requirements worth £13.7 million at pre-auction benchmarked prices, achieving a price at the end of the five hour auction of £6.9 million.  This is an average saving of 50 per cent across the six lots.  This brings the number of central government and wider public sector organisations that have so far participated in OGC eAuctions to 325, saving a total of £21 million since the first eAuction in September 2005.



Project id: CA64
Theme: Delivering Together
Status: Active
Project manager: Ken Cole
Contact: [email protected]