When you purchase through DIR, you have the bulk buying power of the State of Texas on your side, which means that eligible customers can buy IT products and services at aggressive discounts without the need for a lengthy procurement process. All of our contracts comply with state purchasing requirements.
The savings are significant.
Specifically for Cooperative Contracts, every dollar our customers save is a dollar that can be spent on mission-critical services such as education and health care. In fiscal year 2014 we reached over $2.057 billion in technology customer purchases, which translates into more than $275 million in savings for taxpayers:*
- Texas state agencies saved over $70 million*
- K–12 public education institutions saved more than $92 million*
- Cities, counties, and other local governments across Texas saved $67 million*
- Public universities and other higher education institutions saved more than $43 million*
Who Are Our Customers?
We serve a wide spectrum of customers including Texas state, county or local government offices, and public education entities of all sizes. To see if your organization qualifies, review
our customer eligibility requirements. Customers outside the state of Texas may also use our Cooperative Contracts.
While Texas state agencies are required to use our Cooperative Contracts, other customers do so voluntarily because of the tremendous savings we offer. The following chart shows the current distribution of our customers:
Fiscal Year 2014 Cooperative Contract Purchases by Entity
Education ($1,050.0B) – 51%
State Agencies ($552.8M) – 26.9%
Local Government ($441.2M) – 21.4%
Other Entities ($13.5M) – Less than 1%
Why Use DIR Contracts & Services?
Find out how DIR can save you time and money while also giving you access to a wide range of products, services, and vendors.
Save time. DIR has done all of the time-consuming procurement work for you. All contracts have been competitively bid so you no longer have to prepare competitive solicitations or evaluate responses. (TGC 2054.0565 states that DIR contracts meet the competitive requirements for all governmental entities.)
Save money. We leverage the volume buying power of the State of Texas to negotiate competitive pricing, which translates into big savings for your organization. For most contracts, you can negotiate even deeper discounts based on large volume purchases.
Easier to find what you want. Our new DIR website makes it easy to search for products and services. Just type in what you’re looking for. You can even filter your search results. Each contract contains a summary of details to help you determine which vendor is right for you.
Provide best value through quality performance. Our vendors must comply with contract requirements. Equally important, however, is ensuring that those who are authorized to sell under the contract:
Can meet or exceed customers' expectations
For Cooperative Contracts, choose from a selection of products and services. In an effort to offer you a choice of products and services, DIR typically awards multiple contracts for each product/service solicitation. Choose from 20+ brands of computers, 1,100+ software titles, 35+ brands of printers, and much more.
*DIR calculates savings based on the difference between the DIR price and the price available from other cooperative programs in other states. Additional value (soft costs) not included in the calculation are:
Time/Salary Savings associated with streamlined procurement process
Additional services or benefits such as “free training"
Improved performance standards and accountability requirements