Vernon Hills, Ill.–Sep. 27, 2006–CDW Government, Inc. (CDW-G), a wholly owned subsidiary of CDW Corporation [NASDAQ: CDWC] and leading source of Information Technology (IT) solutions to governments and educators, announced today that the group purchasing organization Horizon Resource Group (Horizon) has selected CDW-G to be its exclusive technology provider. The Nashville, Tenn.-based Horizon leverages the buying power of higher education institutions to drive savings in purchasing and lower overall operating costs. Its exclusive national partnership with CDW-G will enable Horizon’s over 700 higher education member institutions, many of whom are faced with IT budget cut-backs, to purchase software, software licensing and maintenance, hardware and peripherals at competitive prices–ensuring that higher education institutions can continue to provide students with the highest quality technology. The agreement also will help Horizon members streamline their purchasing processes since they can address all technology needs with CDW-G, rather than dealing with multiple vendors. “Today, colleges and universities face mounting financial pressures as costs rise and budgets shrink. They also must deal with unique purchasing challenges when acquiring technology to support campus programs. The new partnership between CDW-G and Horizon Resource Group will enable higher education institutions to address these challenges more effectively,” said Julie Smith, director of higher education for CDW-G. “Each Horizon member institution will be able to purchase best-in-class technology at prices competitively solicited for the entire group, as well as to take advantage of CDW-G’s industry-leading customer service.” “In addition to thousands of technology products, CDW-G offers institutions the highest quality technology advice and customer service. Our members will benefit from the company’s expertise in the market, as well as from our exclusive national technology partnership for higher education institutions,” said M. Todd Abner, president and chief executive officer, Horizon Resource Group. Beginning immediately, Horizon members, representing four-year and community colleges in 32 states, can purchase best-in-class technology products from CDW-G with no change in their purchasing processes in order to benefit from the new agreement. About CDW-G
A wholly owned subsidiary of CDW Corporation (NASDAQ: CDWC), a FORTUNE 500 company, CDW Government (CDW-G) is a trusted technology advisor to federal, state and local government agencies, as well as to educational institutions at all levels. CDW-G offers best-in-class technology products and services from top-name brands such as Acer, Adobe, Cisco, HP, IBM, Lenovo, Microsoft, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, Symantec, and Toshiba. For more information about CDW-G product offerings, procurement options, service and solutions, call 1.800.863.4239, or visit the CDW-G Web site at CDWG.com.
About Horizon Resource Group
Horizon Resource Group is the first and only group purchasing organization (GPO) of its type for institutions of higher education. By leveraging the national purchasing power of hundreds of institutions nationwide, Horizon provides an expanding portfolio of competitively solicited agreements in order to drive savings and lower overall operating costs. The resulting supplier agreements are available for all member institutions and provide significant savings to institutions, regardless of size or location. There is no fee to become a member of Horizon Resource Group.
Alan Kuebler, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Executive Director for Resource Management at Washington University says, “Washington University in St. Louis is a strong proponent of group purchasing and finds great value in its relationship with Horizon Resource Group. Horizon has brought us countless opportunities to save money, streamline processes and realize benefits that are the result of the collective purchasing power of the group’s nationwide membership.” For more information about Horizon Resource Group, visit the Web site at www.horizonrg.com.