Efficiency and legality
When purchasing IT, efficiency and legality are key:
- Efficiency: using economies of scale to provide the best offers that meet our members' needs as much as possible;
- Legality: ensuring compliance with legislation and regulations. Based on the internal procurement relationship we have with our members, we put together tender processes (for software and hardware, cloud services and other IT services), and negotiate where tendering is not an option (including when it comes to scientific and educational content).
SURF offers a wide portfolio of agreements with market players, agreeing the use of and access to their products and services, and which our members can participate in. This includes things like office programmes and statistical software for students and researchers. SURF also offers packages which efficiently support business operations or facilitate smart IT solution management in institutions. These products and services are supplied by Adobe, Microsoft, SPSS and IBM, among others. We take care to ensure that our members and their users can obtain IT products and services easily on digital platforms and can use them online.
Under European legislation, education institutions must procure IT equipment from a European tender if the value of the contract exceeds a legal threshold. Competitive tendering procedures must also be followed if the value is lower than the threshold. SURF takes over responsibility for this purchasing and ensures that education institutions can use IT equipment for as competitive a price as possible.
Take a look at the procurement calendar for a current overview of ongoing procurement procedures.
License for institutional use
Affiliated education institutions can use My SURFmarket to conclude licenses for the use of software in their institution, either campus-wide, or for a faculty, professional group or working group.
Software for individual use
Staff and students of member institutions can also obtain software for individual use through the SURFspot webshop.
Joining My SURFmarket
If you are not yet a member of My SURFmarket, find out more about joining.