Minnesota Standards - Right Products

Standard Products

The right products

Your peers—volunteer teams with agency, K-12, and local government representation—help establish and adopt product standards. The product lines are designed to satisfy over 80 percent of purchasing needs for most organizations. Products selected also help meet enterprise goals such as reduced energy consumption and use of environmentally conscious manufacturers.

Factors that affect product selection:

  • Vendors, manufacturers and customers work together to identify the products best suited to customer needs
  • Product lines are developed to capture 80% of the demand in each defined product category
  • Standards limit choice to make purchase decisions easier and to lower support expenses. IT staff can more cost-effectively support a small collection of familiar products than to support an unlimited collection of uniques products.
  • It is recognized that there will always be a need to purchase a small number of "nonstandard" products. Information about nonstandard purchasing activity is collected and used to redefine product standards to better fit customer needs.
  • Many product lines must be offered as "managed images" and made available for a minimum of 10 months. This requirement affects which products become standards and can affect price. However the "managed image" requirement is a critical component to minimizing IT support costs that often dwarf up-front purchase prices.
  • Standard products are not designed to offer "the latest and greatest" because those products most often come at premium prices. Standards offer excellent performance at excellent prices.

Product categories are "refreshed" or updated as often as every six months
Technology changes quickly. This means that standards must frequently change, or they will cease to have value. To learn more about the process and schedule for product category updates please consult the Refresh Schedule.