The GDST is a major user of data network services to support all aspects of the operation of its schools. In 2017, the GDST worked with The Network Collective (TNC) to procure a new network solution to meet its growing demands, ultimately leading the GDST to enter into a contract with Exponential-e.
Through the term of this contract, the GDST has been demanding ever greater performance and throughput from its network. However, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic meant the GDST needed even more performance and functionality to support multiple scenarios of education provision, significantly accelerating the GDST’s requirements for bandwidth. With the contract with Exponential-e also coming to an end, the GDST seized the opportunity to renegotiate this contract, secure the technical and operational upgrades it needed , whilst making sure its pricing remained aligned to the most competitive terms in the market.
Although facing very tight timescales to meet its pandemic response plan, as a charity, the GDST also had to make sure it was securing value for money from this sizeable contract. Therefore, the GDST quickly needed an independent, expert review of its renewal terms, to identify ways in which they could be optimised, as well as to satisfy its governance and compliance standards that the new deal was indeed market competitive.
To achieve these objectives, the GDST engaged TNC to complete a benchmark of the renewal terms.