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Coordination of equipment and supplies purchase (RFC0249)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003070D
Original Publication Date: 1971-Oct-08
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 2 page(s) / 4K

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R.F. Borelli: AUTHOR

Abstract

The purpose of this message is to pass on to all members of the Network an agreement reached between Messrs. Steve Crocker of ARPA and R. F. Borelli of the University of Illinois. The Center for Advanced Computation has agreed to study the feasibility of a coordinating point for purchases of equipment and supplies to be used on the network.

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NIC 7690

Network Working Group R. F. Borelli

Request for Comments #249 University of Illinois

Center for Advanced

Computation

October 8, 1971

Coordination of Equipment and Supplies Purchase

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The purpose of this message is to pass on to all members of the

Network an agreement reached between Messrs. Steve Crocker of ARPA and

R. F. Borelli of the University of Illinois. The Center for Advanced

Computation has agreed to study the feasibility of a coordinating point

for purchases of equipment and supplies to be used on the network.

To this end, the Center will compile a list of common equipment and

supplies needed by Network members and ascertain the value of contacting

the appropriate manufacturers and distributers in order to negotiate the

best possible group price. Thereafter, the results of the negotiations

will be passed on to Network members with a resulting listing of items,

costs and supplies.

The two biggest pitfalls with this concept are:

1. Insufficient demand for commonly required items.

2. Not satisfying each organization's administrative

requirements for competitive bidding on items

which are not sole-source justified.

At this time, it appears to be premature to allow this to stop the

idea. After the listing of items and range of sources are collected and

analyzed, these two points can be addressed. In fact, this project may

have to be abandoned; however, there are sufficient reasons to believe

that these problems can be overcome to make the venture workable.

We request that all members of the Network forward to the Center,

ATTN. R. F. Borelli, a descriptive listing of equipment and supplies

they require in this fiscal year. Particular attention must be paid to

listing all the acceptable alternates to increase the changes of

commonality. For example: TI-725 terminals could be considered a

substitute for Teleterms 1030's, etc. The only items excluded at this

time are 2400 ft. Magnetic Computer Tapes, tabulating cards, and

conventional computer printer paper. Any added suggestions or ideas are

both encouraged and welcomed.

A sample format of information is attached.

Sample Format of Information Requirement is as Follows:

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Current

Estimated

Quantity Description and Special Needs Mfgr. Cost

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