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About BUY.IT


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 applications from vendors at this time)

SITE (Seeking IT Expertise) provides professional IT personnel to eligible government participants through state master contracts (formerly the Master Contracts 902TS program).


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


How does the program 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 and provide a set of 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; suggest "nonstandard" products only after determining a standard product is not appropriate for a given need
  • Participate in product refresh meetings and contribute to the maintenance of product lists
  • Provide sales data used to assess program performance
  • Provide attractive prices with quality service

*The State’s cooperative purchasing venture (CPV) was established pursuant to Minnesota Statutes §16C.03, subdivision 10. Entities eligible to participate under the state’s cooperative purchasing are described in Minnesota State Statutes. For information, visit the Eligibility for Program page.

More information for vendors

Find more information about vendor participation on the Standard Hardware and Software Products site


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

 
 

ASAP.IT


Not a current vendor? 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 if we reopen the application process.


Existing Vendor Information and Tools 

What is ASAP.IT?

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. For vendor planning purposes, please note 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. Entities eligible to participate under the state’s cooperative purchasing are described in Minnesota State Statutes.

Minimum Skills Worksheets

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. Each of the program categories (along with applicable roles) has a worksheet below. 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.

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, is the new successor to the former 902TS Master Contract Program. SITE 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). It features a streamlined procurement process for participants, with work orders written against an existing master contract. Approved master contract vendors are monitored for insurance compliance and performance.

Interested vendors must complete an application to become an approved state master contract holder (see details below). This status is not a guarantee of work, but it will allow them to respond to future state solicitations for work opportunities in these IT categories:

  • Analyst
  • Architecture
  • Business Continuity
  • Database Administration/Development
  • Desktop Application & Support
  • Developer/Programmer
  • E-Commerce
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Mainframe Computing
  • Modeling
  • Program/Project Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Security
  • Server Support & Development
  • Systems Analyst
  • Telecommunications
  • Web Application Design & Development

NOTE: SITE is a program for IT-related professional services only, not for hardware or software products. Information for vendors of hardware or software products can find more information on the Standard Products site.

What government entities use the SITE program? 

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.

*The State’s cooperative purchasing venture (CPV) was established pursuant to Minnesota Statutes §16C.03, subdivision 10. Entities eligible to participate under the state’s cooperative purchasing are described in Minnesota State Statutes. For information, visit the Eligibility for Program page.

How do vendors apply to participate in the program? 

For instructions, forms and information about the application process, please visit the Vendor Application site.

Vendors complete an application (which serves as a Request for Proposal, or RFP) that is submitted to MN.IT Services and the application review team. Successful master contract vendors must complete steps in the process to finalize their status. Receipt of a master contract is not a guarantee of work, but it allows the master contract vendor to respond to state solicitations/work opportunities under the program.

Who manages the SITE Program? What are the effective dates for the current program? 

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. 


For vendor participants of the former 902TS Master Contract Program

If you were an approved vendor under the 902TS program, you will need to re-apply for the SITE program. For instructions, forms and information about the application process, please visit the Vendor Application site.


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