Dell, Viglen and Apple have topped a league table of top university IT suppliers, as featured in the 2015 CRN Education Report, which can be downloaded for free here.
At the end of July, CRN sent Freedom of Information (FoI) requests to nearly 100 UK universities asking how much they spent on IT hardware, software and related services in their academic years ending 31 July 2014 and 2013.
We also requested information on their top five suppliers by expenditure in both years, and how much they spent with each, and received responses from more than 70 universities.
Dell, Viglen and Apple finished top of the pile, with BT, Logicalis, DTP, Capita and Q Associates among the VARs and SIs also securing a berth in the top 10.
Dell was head and shoulders above the competition, having been name-checked by 30 universities as a top-five supplier. UCL and Cambridge University (pictured) alone spent close to a combined £10m with the vendor, bringing its total spending among those who cited it as a top-five supplier and provided us with spending figures to £21.19m.
On the same basis, Viglen racked up total spending of £8.79m and was cited as a top-five supplier by 19 universities, while Apple accounted for spend of £7.47m and was cited as a top-five supplier 26 times.
Among the 61 universities that divulged total spending figures for both years, total IT spending rose 11.55 per cent to £352.8m in the year ending 31 July 2014.
The FoI results were backed up by the findings of the end-user survey featured in the report. It quizzed IT purchasing decision makers at schools, colleges and universities on their IT spending priorities.
Although overall education budgets are being cut, more respondents said they have seen their IT budgets rise this year than fall.
Tablets remain the most sought-after technology among respondents, with 67 per cent planning to invest this academic year.
Meanwhile, 50 per cent of respondents are planning to invest in some form of SaaS this year, compared with just 21 per cent the last time we conducted the survey 18 months ago.
The full CRN 2015 Education Report can be downloaded free of charge here.
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