PEPPM: The Best Way for Public Agencies to Purchase Technology

PEPPM makes purchasing new technology a breeze for public agencies. And TTI’s new exclusive CSIU award is making it even easier to become our customer. Learn how.

Purchasing new technology for an organization is exciting, but it can also be really stressful. After all, navigating these purchases is rarely easy. The bidding process is so complex that organizations sometimes even end up purchasing inferior products instead of the ones they wanted. All of this means it’s far too easy for a dream of new technology to quickly become a nerve-racking nightmare.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way. Instead of navigating through the endless complexities of the bidding process, eligible schools, public agencies, healthcare organizations, and non-profit organizations can use PEPPM to make purchasing new technology a breeze.

What is PEPPM?

Administered by the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU) and the Kern County Superintendent of Schools (KCSOS), PEPPM is a technology cooperative purchasing program. Since its establishment in 1982, PEPPM has made it easier than ever for organizations to get their hands on new technology. It has grown exponentially since its inception, from just four lines of microcomputers to over two million technology products, supplies, and solutions under contract.

Private companies aren’t allowed to purchase off PEPPM contracts, but public agencies in states that permit intergovernmental contract use can! More specifically, state agencies, cities, counties, healthcare organizations, non-profit organizations, higher education institutions, public libraries, and public, charter, and private K-12 school districts are eligible to use PEPPM.

Here’s how it works:

First, CSIU or KCSOS staff solicit bids on hardware, software, and services that satisfy the legal bid requirements on behalf of eligible organizations. Then, they evaluate the responses using best-practice purchasing procedures and submit recommendations to the board of directors. Once the board has selected the bids, public agencies can begin finding the products they want and releasing purchase orders — all without soliciting their own bids.

To get started, agency leaders just need to log in to PEPPM to search for technology products from the home page, table of contracts, or browse page. Then, they can view the PEPPM bid price for items currently under contract and send a purchase order to the PEPPM clearinghouse by email or fax. PEPPM’s posted prices include shipping for orders over $500. However, purchase orders under $500 may require additional shipping costs, depending on the vendor.

The Benefits of PEPPM

PEPPM is a game changer for many schools and public agencies. When you use the PEPPM technology purchasing cooperative, you gain access to over two million high-quality products and can easily find technology that meets local standards.

In the traditional bidding process, it’s easy to wind up with an inferior product thanks to the “or equal” part of the process. However, that’s not the case with PEPPM. When you purchase through PEPPM, you’ll never be stuck with a product you don’t actually want. Instead, you can get your hands on the exact product you want every time — all while completely avoiding the bidding process!

In addition to offering the nation’s largest selection of branded technology products to schools and public agencies, PEPPM offers its users lower technology acquisition costs. After all, products under contract with PEPPM have all been competitively bid and priced by aggregating public schools’ and agencies’ collective buying power.

PEPPM is also a major time saver. Instead of jumping through hoops in the traditional time-consuming and expensive bidding process — reviewing quotes and analyzing proposals — you can skip the bidding process altogether. PEPPM has already taken care of that work for you, meaning your organization can simply leverage the pre-bid contract, select products or services from PEPPM’s catalog, and submit your purchase order. It’s fast and simple — and you’ll automatically be in compliance with local, state, and federal procurement laws when you purchase through PEPPM.

The Benefits of TTI’s Exclusive PEPPM Contract

The great news is that you can now take advantage of all the benefits laid out above when purchasing Avigilon products and a broad range of services backed by Turn-key Technologies, Inc. (TTI). That’s because PEPPM just awarded TTI a product line bid for Avigilon for a three year term that’s designed to help organizations get the services they need more easily and for less.

What exactly does this contract mean? For one, public agencies, higher education institutions, K-12 school districts, and other eligible organizations can now access the entire Avigilon product line for video security and access control products at a pre-discounted rate of 28% through PEPPM. Avigilon offers high definition video surveillance that utilizes minimal bandwidth, yet provides the level of image detail you need along with the intelligence to help you make sense of what you’re seeing.

Avigilon video security solutions and Avigilon access control solutions are also interoperable, meaning they can communicate with one another to share actionable alerts from one single management platform.. The result is well-connected security ecosystems and fast reactions, not siloed systems and slow response times. Avigilon cameras can even be used with Avigilon Appearance Search video analytics, a video search engine powered by artificial intelligence, deep learning, and facial analytics that can quickly sort through hours of footage and identify people, objects, or incidents.

But that’s not all. TTI’s exclusive contract with the PEPPM CSIU also means that you can purchase other services, such as our cable and fiber optic cable installation, engineering services, camera mounting and aiming, security assessments, IT staff augmentation, help desk support, infrastructure services, and more all through PEPPM.

Say Goodbye to the Headaches and Hello to a Streamlined Purchasing Process

Purchasing new hardware, software, and services isn’t a walk in the park. Not only can the bidding process be a time-consuming and expensive process for higher education institutions, K-12 school districts, local governments, state governments, and other public agencies, but it can also often turn out to be fruitless. After all, you may end up stuck with something you didn’t even want in the first place, wasting both your time and money!

However, there’s no need for a costly and time-consuming bidding process when you can leverage TTI’s PEPPM contract to access Avigilon products at a pre-negotiated and discounted rate. You’ll save time, money, and frustration while gaining access to quality, reasonably priced products that meet all state and local competitive bidding requirements.

But there’s more! TTI’s PEPPM contract goes beyond Avigilon products — it also makes taking advantage of our services a simple, cost-effective process. Whether you are looking to upgrade your current security infrastructure, need new technology at a reasonable price, or are interested in learning more about our value-added services, we are here to help! Contact us today with any questions!

By Tony Ridzyowski


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