Coventry City Council has put out a contract tender worth up to £4 million for the supply of computer hardware for schools, on behalf of itself and other Midlands authorities.
Solihull, Warwickshire County Council, Rugby, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Stratford, and North Warwickshire are other councils that are part of the deal.
Coventry says it wants a framework agreement with several suppliers that will last two years, with an option for two 12 month extensions. It envisages there will be a minimum of five suppliers in the framework, with a maximum of 10.
The total estimated value of the contract is worth between £400,000 and £4 million, said Coventry. The school hardware will be bought in three lots covering PCs, laptops, servers and associated hardware peripherals.
Last year, Coventry City Council said it was aiming to streamline its back office processes with the help of a new Agresso ERP financials system.