Herndon, Va. — August 7, 2007 — 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, today announced that it was awarded a $2.5 million contract to provide 1,250 Fujitsu tablet computers to the incoming fourth-class cadets (freshmen) at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
For each new incoming class, the academy evaluates the state of the art in mobile computers, seeking the best fit for its demanding academic program. A selection committee comprised of a faculty member from each academic division, as well as the academy´s director of academic computing and chief information officer, invites technology providers to submit one computer model that meets the academy´s specifications, including processing power, graphics quality, battery power and other key functionalities. After an initial review, the committee selects a smaller number of finalists from among the technology providers, who demonstrate their proposed models on site. Committee members evaluate each model and make the annual contract award to the provider submitting the best-fit technology.
"This is a very competitive selection process, which includes running a battery of benchmarks, hands-on testing by committee members, and calling references," said Larry Bryant, academic computing director. "The end result is a ´best value´ selection of a tablet which is required to last the cadets for all four years at the academy."
For the 2007-2008 academic year procurement, the selection committee chose the Fujitsu LifeBook T4220 tablet provided by CDW-G. The LifeBook T4220 features a 12.1-inch bright display with greater than 160° viewing angles, the latest Intel® Centrino® Duo Mobile Technology, built-in Wi-Fi® Certified Wireless LAN and a built-in modular bay for a media drive or second battery. CDW-G custom configured each unit with the academy´s software image, including its sophisticated engineering applications. CDW-G also provided 100 Fujitsu LifeBook T4220s for academy faculty and staff.
"The Air Force Academy´s unique procurement process provides the selection committee with an annual evaluation of best-in-class technology to complement and support the academy´s rigorous academic program," said Ben Bourbon, director of Department of Defense sales for CDW-G. "With the Fujitsu LifeBook and CDW-G´s value-added services, incoming cadets will benefit from the right technology solution for their educational requirements, right from the start of the school year."
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 APC, Acer, Adobe, Apple, Cisco, EMC, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, Lenovo, Microsoft, Panasonic, Quantum, Samsung, Sony, Symantec, ViewSonic and Xerox.
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.