Procurement of ICT services for schools

Towards a decentralised process for the benefit of stakeholders and the environment

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Abstract

The aim of this research was to evaluate modern ICT procurement practices and ICT deployment in Finnish-speaking schools in the Municipality of Kauniainen. The main idea was to procure ICT services rather than hardware. The school administration defines the needs of schools and procures the services through competitive tendering. The first phase of the research was to review the previous problems associated with the old practices. The second phase was to assess how the new practice has affected the service level, costs and environmental aspects of ICT in schools. The results show that the procurement of services rather than hardware has proved to be the right decision: service levels have been improved, costs have been reduced by about 40% and, due to a longer life cycle for workstations and reduced electricity consumption, the environmental load has been cut by about 50%. The model adopted in Kauniainen requires the schools and school administration to have the skills and expertise to define their needs and the competencies to prepare and execute the procurement process. The most important prerequisite seems to be political will at local level to grant the school administration the freedom to choose the right kind of ICT service system to fit its needs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVTT Symposium on Service Innovation
Place of PublicationEspoo
PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Pages269-280
Publication statusPublished - 2011
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventVTT Symposium on Service Innovation - Espoo, Finland
Duration: 18 Aug 201118 Aug 2011

Publication series

NameVTT Symposium
PublisherVTT
Number271
ISSN (Print)0357-9387
ISSN (Electronic)1455-0873

Conference

ConferenceVTT Symposium on Service Innovation
CountryFinland
CityEspoo
Period18/08/1118/08/11

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Hautala, R., Leviäkangas, P., Öörni, R., & Britschgi, V. (2011). Procurement of ICT services for schools: Towards a decentralised process for the benefit of stakeholders and the environment. In VTT Symposium on Service Innovation (pp. 269-280). Espoo: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. VTT Symposium, No. 271
Hautala, Raine ; Leviäkangas, Pekka ; Öörni, Risto ; Britschgi, Virpi. / Procurement of ICT services for schools : Towards a decentralised process for the benefit of stakeholders and the environment. VTT Symposium on Service Innovation. Espoo : VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, 2011. pp. 269-280 (VTT Symposium; No. 271).
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Hautala, R, Leviäkangas, P, Öörni, R & Britschgi, V 2011, Procurement of ICT services for schools: Towards a decentralised process for the benefit of stakeholders and the environment. in VTT Symposium on Service Innovation. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo, VTT Symposium, no. 271, pp. 269-280, VTT Symposium on Service Innovation, Espoo, Finland, 18/08/11.

Procurement of ICT services for schools : Towards a decentralised process for the benefit of stakeholders and the environment. / Hautala, Raine; Leviäkangas, Pekka; Öörni, Risto; Britschgi, Virpi.

VTT Symposium on Service Innovation. Espoo : VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, 2011. p. 269-280 (VTT Symposium; No. 271).

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Hautala R, Leviäkangas P, Öörni R, Britschgi V. Procurement of ICT services for schools: Towards a decentralised process for the benefit of stakeholders and the environment. In VTT Symposium on Service Innovation. Espoo: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. 2011. p. 269-280. (VTT Symposium; No. 271).