Municipal IT Association Negotiates National Deals With Vendors



    MISA/ASIM Canada sets up one-stop Web page containing special offers

    SASKATOON, March 19 /CNW/ - Canadian municipalities now have a new
channel for purchasing goods and services - a one-stop Web page that contains
special offers from vendors that are uniform across the country.
    The special-offers page appears on the national Web site of MISA/ASIM
Canada as well as sites published by its member organizations. MISA/ASIM
Canada was launched in June 2006 as the umbrella group for five regional
associations promoting greater efficiency in municipal government through the
application of information and communications technologies.
    Publication of the special-offers page, which initially contains offers
from three companies, marks the first time that municipalities across Canada
have had equitably priced access to the same products and services.
    "Municipal governments need to achieve greater efficiencies by
collaborating to apply technologies to improve their processes, including
procurement," said Kevin Peacock, President of MISA/ASIM Canada and Branch
Manager, Corporate Information Services for the City of Saskatoon.
    "The innovative companies that have joined us to date in this initiative
also recognize the fairness of offering standard prices to municipalities in
all regions through national licensing and procurement agreements."
    Contracts with the three vendors - TELUS, Adobe Systems Canada and Chalk
Media Corp. - were initially negotiated by MISA BC. They have now been
extended nationally and are available at www.misa-asim.ca to any municipality
that is a member of any of the five associations within MISA/ASIM Canada.
    TELUS has simultaneously established its own Web site,
www.telus.com/misa, linked to the MISA/ASIM Canada site and describing its
special offers in detail. In doing so it has become the first company ever to
present a Web site devoted to products and services offered uniformly to
Canadian municipalities.
    "Municipalities, large or small, can benefit from access to a single
resource offering solutions, products and packages designed specifically to
address the needs of MISA/ASIM Canada members and municipal employees," said
Mike Martin, Vice President Public Sector Marketing for TELUS.
    The TELUS site offers a variety of business solutions including bundled
offers, term extensions and value-added services. Also available are resources
to provide guidance on best practices for technology for the public sector,
including white papers, case studies and research, along with advanced notice
of new products and events such as conferences and webinars.
    Ottawa-based Adobe Systems Canada is offering a standard 12-per-cent
discount pricing on Adobe products to municipalities that are members of
MISA/ASIM Canada associations. The pricing can be obtained by using MISA BC's
CLP membership number, or by using the municipality's own affiliate CLP
membership number if it has one.
    Adobe's CLP programs are described at
http://www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/openoptions/clp.html. Municipalities wishing
to order Adobe products through the MISA/ASIM Canada special offer can contact
Softchoice Corp. or any other Adobe authorized software reseller to ensure
enrolment.
    Chalk Media Corp. of Vancouver is participating in the MISA/ASIM Canada
special-offers program through an "eUniversity" portal established on MISA
BC's Web site, www.misa.on.ca.
    The portal provides access to more than 1,300 MindLeaders off-the-shelf
courses targeting IT personnel and end users, available at uniformly
discounted prices to authorized municipalities. Course-authoring software is
also available for municipalities to produce their own courses. The agreement
with Chalk also permits MISA BC to host vendor-supplied courses on the portal.
    Any municipality within the membership of MISA/ASIM Canada associations
wishing to make use of these Web-based training courses is asked to contact
Colin Redwood of the Corporation of Delta, Chair of MISA BC's Education
Committee, at credwood@corp.delta.bc.ca.
    Peacock said MISA/ASIM Canada is in talks with other companies and
expects to see more offers posted on the national special-offers page in the
near future.

    About MISA/ASIM Canada

    MISA/ASIM Canada (Municipal Information Systems Association of
Canada/Association des Systéms d'Information Municipale du Canada) is a
federally registered not-for-profit association composed of provincial,
inter-provincial or territorial associations of municipal government
representatives and others, engaged in, or interested in, the development and
operation of municipal information systems.
    Members include the following associations:

    
    - Municipal Information Systems Association, Atlantic Canada
      (MISA Atlantic)
    - Municipal Information Systems Association, British Columbia (MISA BC),
      including the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunuvut
    - Municipal Information Systems Association, Ontario (MISA Ontario)
    - Municipal Information Systems Association, Prairies (MISA Prairies)
    - Réseau de l'informatique municipale du Québec (RIMQ)
    




For further information:

For further information: Kevin Peacock, President, MISA/ASIM Canada,
Branch Manager, Corporate Information Services, City of Saskatoon,
Saskatchewan, (306) 975-3047, Kevin.peacock@city.saskatoon.sk.ca; David
Hennigan, President, MISA BC, Information Systems Manager, Capital Region
District, Victoria, BC, (250) 360-3141, dhennigan@crd.bc.ca

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