While new and better technology is always nice to have, the real reason for upgrading your technology is to enhance the way you do business. For government agencies, this often equates to better serving the members of their communities.
Taking advantage of Sourcewell contracts can be pretty impactful. If you’re unfamiliar with Sourcewell or wondering how to benefit, take a moment to watch my newest video. In it, I cover what you need to know:
Communication is vital in the field of healthcare. Not only is it important to connect reliably with fellow practitioners when treating patients, it is also crucial to have an open line of communication with patients. An outdated phone system creates unneeded hurdles in operating a clinic or hospital. Below are common frustrations for healthcare facilities operating with an inefficient phone system.
All across the nation, school districts continually face budget cuts, leading to financial hurdles. The push to make their dollars go further can be a difficult task, especially with the ever-present need to stay up-to-date with current technologies. So how does a district stay current, reduce spending, and maintain quality products and services? One solution is Sourcewell cooperative contracts.
Unfamiliar with Sourcewell contracts? You aren’t alone. For a long time, the benefits of these contracts were a best-kept secret of educational, nonprofit and government agencies. If you've ever wondered how these groups afford quality phone systems and up-to-date business technologies, the answer is Sourcewell contracts. In fact, many organizations are much closer to their ideal phone system than they think.
What is Sourcewell? That’s a question I’ve answered more times than I can count. Still, I never tire of telling people what Sourcewell is and how it can impact nonprofit organizations, educational organizations and government entities. Maybe that’s because I’ve seen firsthand the benefit Sourcewell brings. Here’s a quick video FAQ on Sourcewell:
The original intent for the Request for Proposal (RFP) process made sense. As part of the procurement process for state agencies, schools and non-profits, RFPs provided a clear way to find out what your organization needed, what was available from vendors and who could provide the best service at the best price.
As the RFP process became more established, it got to be cumbersome. In response to this, an organization known as Sourcewell set out to simplify the process and eliminate the need for RFPs. With Sourcewell, cooperative contracts do most of the upfront work agencies and schools need before they purchase goods and services. When you look at a product or service on the Sourcewell list, you'll know you're getting a good price upfront and be assured the quality has already been vetted by a process that meets your organization’s policy requirements.
Not convinced that cooperative contracts are right for you? Below I've outlined some pros and cons of the RFP process and working with Sourcewell. Let’s take a look at both processes to see how they stack up...
The best phone system for an organization is not necessarily the one with the latest features, but rather, one that matches the organization's operational needs. Selecting the right phone system is all about examining and prioritizing communication requirements first; then finding a phone system capable of meeting those needs and fitting within your budget. As a technology leader, Mitel offers reliable phone systems of varying sizes and capabilities able to meet diverse communication needs.
For government, education and non-profit organizations everywhere, the RFP process is a necessary hurdle for making technology updates. They require a mountain of paperwork and hours of effort without any promise that you'll get what you want. Even worse, there's no guarantee you'll end up getting what you need.
Sourcewell is a government agency that helps out nonprofit organizations, educational institutions