Combined Pricing Initiative (CPI)

UNCW Consolidated IT Purchasing Information

In July 2009, the North Carolina General Assembly passed Senate Bill 202 with Budget provision 6.11(a). This legislation states:

The General Administration of The University of North Carolina with the assistance from the Office of Information Technology Services, to the extent practicable, shall consolidate information technology infrastructure purchasing which includes, but is not limited to, personal computer and printer purchases for all 16 State Universities, the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, and General Administration, by ensuring access to a bulk and shared pricing process that will realize savings through efficiencies. General Administration may choose to utilize the Office of Information Technology Services' or existing bulk contracts of The University of North Carolina. Information technology infrastructure expenditure shall not be authorized by the General Administration of the University of North Carolina without complying with this section.

After almost a year of planning and vendor discussions, on May 5, 2010, UNC General Administration (UNC-GA) announced to UNC Chancellors and CIOs the launch of a new bulk IT purchasing program: the Combined Pricing Initiative (CPI). The purpose of the CPI is to save money on IT purchases and support, to take advantage of the combined purchasing power of the UNC system and to meet the requirements of North Carolina legislation. UNC Wilmington, like all schools in the UNC system, is required to participate in the CPI program.

What does it mean?

While the CPI program offers the opportunity for UNCW to save significant money on equipment and support, it will require the campus to change purchasing procedures. UNCW's Purchasing Department, Information Technology Systems Division and others on campus are working to develop easy-to-use processes. With the CPI program, UNCW will be able to take advantage of combined pricing for seven Dell models instead of the three options (desktop, laptop, and tablet) from the past. These models will be added to the uShop catalog for easy purchase. Details regarding these and the non-standard UNCW models are listed in the Frequently Asked Questions.