Dell to be U-M’s new strategic supplier for computer hardware

By | January 14, 2021

Dell Technologies has been selected as U-M’s new strategic supplier for computer hardware, which includes laptops, PCs, monitors, keyboards and other equipment. The new contract goes into effect Jan. 18 and replaces the current HP contract.

Dell was selected by a cross-functional team composed of representatives from the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses as well as Michigan Medicine. The team is collectively responsible for nearly 90 percent of the university’s computer hardware spend.

The evaluation and selection process was undertaken as part of U-M’s ongoing effort to partner with suppliers that offer cost savings and outstanding customer service to the university community.

“U-M’s new contract with Dell — based on previous spending trends — is expected to save the university $1 million annually on computer hardware expenses,” said Tony Burger, director of financial analysis and procurement services. “In addition to significant annual savings, Dell offers a variety of other benefits to U-M, including enhanced catalog functionality, lead-time guarantees when placing orders, a faster build process, better warranties, and customization options.”