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BUY.IT offers three programs for vendors: 

The Standard Hardware and Software Products Program provides IT product purchasing for eligible government participants.

ASAP.IT provides state-approved vendors the opportunity to fill temporary IT staffing positions. (This program is not accepting new vendor applications at this time.

SITE (Seeking IT Expertise) provides professional IT personnel to eligible government participants through state master contracts.


Click on the tabs above to learn more about each program for vendors.


To learn more about how these programs work for government participants, visit our Programs section.

 
 

Standard Products


What is the Standards Program and how does it work?

The Standard Hardware and Software Products program offers state-approved vendors an opportunity to provide cost-effective, up-to-date IT products to State of Minnesota executive branch agencies and other units of government that are eligible under CPV, the State's cooperative purchasing venture. State government participants use specially designated state contracts that streamline the purchasing process to provide standard products.

State-approved vendors and manufacturers of IT products are an important part of this program, and work closely with the BUY.IT team to:

  • Promote the use of Minnesota Standard products
  • Participate in the refresh of product lists
  • Provide sales data to assess program performance
  • Provide attractive prices with quality service 

How can vendors take part in this program?

First contact the team and tell us about your product. From there we will discuss whether your product will be considered as part of the Standard Hardware and Software Products Program.


To learn more about how this programs works for government participants, visit our Programs section.

 
 

ASAP.IT


This program is currently closed to new vendor applications.

We currently have the required number of vendors needed for this program and do not anticipate awarding additional ASAP.IT contracts until further notice. The State will advertise in the State Register and post notices on the MN.IT Services and the Department of Administration, Materials Management Division websites when we reopen the application process.


What is ASAP.IT and how does it work?

The Accelerated Staff Augmentation Program (ASAP.IT) is a component of the BUY.IT program, managed through the partnership of MN.IT Services and the Department of Administration, Materials and Management Division. It's an innovative, fast and easy way to get technology related professional and technical services to customers right away. This program is for staff augmentation services only and not intended for long-term deliverables-based projects.

State government participants who can use this program include executive branch state agencies, and other government units eligible under the State’s cooperative purchasing venture (CPV) established pursuant to Minnesota Statutes §16C.03, subdivision 10. 

How do vendors apply to participate in the program?

First, become a BUY.IT vendor.

Each of the program categories (along with applicable roles) has a worksheet. Vendors are required to complete a worksheet every time they submit a candidate in response to an Engagement Request or Call for Resume. Please review the Sample Worksheet if you have questions on how the form should be completed.

Program Categories

Business Analyst  

Database Development/Administrator Roles:

Enterprise Architect  

Geospatial Specialist Roles:

JAVA Developer  

Microsoft .NET Programmer/Developer  

Project Manager  

Quality Assurance Analyst  

Security Analyst Roles:

System Analyst  

Web Specialist Roles:


To learn more about how this programs works for government participants, visit our Programs section.

 
 

SITE Master Contracts


What is SITE and how does it work? 

Seeking IT Expertise, known as the SITE Program, provides a continuously open, application-based opportunity for vendors to provide contracted IT-related professional services for state government entities. SITE can be used for work up to two million dollars ($2,000,000). Approved master contract vendors are monitored for insurance compliance and performance.

SITE is used by State of Minnesota executive branch agencies and other units of government that are eligible under CPV, the State's cooperative purchasing venture. Government participants can use SITE's streamlined contract process to engage highly-skilled contractors from participating State vendors. SITE is managed jointly by the Minnesota Department of Administration and MN.IT Services. This program is effective from 4/16/2014 to 4/15/2019. 

How do vendors apply to participate in the program? 

  1. Complete an application. (When the Word document opens, save the document to your computer using the company name as the file name.)
  2. Submit the application in Word format to MN.IT Services at MNIT.SITE@state.mn.us
  3. The State will review the application and contact the vendor whether they were approved or have issues with the application.
  4. If the vendor is approved, they will need to sign the master contract and provide proof of insurance.
  5. Once the State has all required signatures and confirms the vendor insurance meets program requirements, the contract will be official.

Note: Receipt of a master contract is not a guarantee of work, but it will allow you to respond to future state solicitations for work opportunities in these IT categories:

  • ADABAS Natural Developer
  • Analyst
  • Architecture
  • Business Continuity
  • Cúram Application Tester
  • Cúram Architect
  • Cúram Business Analyst
  • Cúram Developer
  • Cúram Project Manager
  • Cúram Trainer
  • Cúram/Oracle Data Dictionary Specialist
  • Database Administration/Development
  • Desktop Application & Support
  • Developer/Programmer
  • E-Commerce
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Mainframe Computing
  • Middleware Developer
  • Middleware Operations Support Analyst
  • Modeling
  • On-site Instructor-led IT Training
  • Program/Project Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Security
  • Server Support & Development
  • Systems Analyst
  • Telecommunications
  • Training Tool Development
  • Web Application Design & Development

To learn more about how this programs works for government participants, visit our Programs section.