From elementary school to universities, computers are becoming the new “teacher’s assistant” and there is no sign of this trend slowing down. Unfortunately, the need for high technology equipment like HP desktops, HP workstations and HP storage devices is growing faster than the budgets needed to support this explosive growth. That’s why it is so important for educational institutions to partner with total technology solution providers who have access to special educational pricing and who have the capabilities and the knowledge needed to help determine computer hardware specifications, prepare quotes and handle the procurement, installation and configuration process.

Navigating the computer hardware purchasing maze can not only be time-consuming, it can be expensive as well. Educational computer hardware pricing varies among suppliers and can even vary within the same supplier depending upon the quantity being purchased and how the HP quote is prepared.

It makes sense that an educational institution placing an order for 50 HP laptops, for example, is going to receive better per-unit pricing than a school that is only ordering one. But that’s not always the case. Many schools are discovering that they can get preferred pricing even if they are only ordering a handful of HP printers IF they place their HP quotes through the right IT service provider.

If your computer hardware requirements include HP desktops, HP notebooks, HP storage devices, HP workstations, or any other HP hardware for educational institutions, here are some time and money-saving tips you can’t afford to ignore:

1. Always partner with HP hardware solutions providers that have experience in the educational institutions channel. These providers can contact HP on your behalf to negotiate the best pricing and delivery times.

2. Only work with an HP hardware solutions provider who will also install and configure your HP computer products and who provide personalized account management. Service that stops after the sale is not really a service at all.

3. Let your educational institution HP computer partner assist you in preparing your HP computer hardware specifications and submitting your HP quotes. This way you’ll have the best chance of specifying the right HP computer products that will provide maximum performance at the lowest possible price.

4. Try to bundle your HP hardware purchases together with other schools in your district, or with your local government or state government agencies, whenever possible. This can help to leverage your buying power even further and can often move your school into the level of “preferred customer” which may result in even better pricing and a higher service-level commitment from your HP solutions provider.

Educational institutions have an obligation to provide their staff and student body with the best available technology and the lowest possible price. Choose the right technology partner and you’ll find that you can buy quality HP laptops, HP servers, HP printers and other HP computer hardware at a fair price and still get all the after-sale support you’ll ever need.