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Tracking the Spend: Technology Department Spent Nearly $6M on Top IT Goods Buys in November

The California Department of Technology’s five largest transactions for IT goods in November topped $5 million and included products related to modernization and security.

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The state technology department made 35 purchases of IT goods from Nov. 1-Nov. 30 and spent nearly $6 million on the top five.

The California Department of Technology (CDT) spent exactly $5,925,467.84 on its five most expensive such buys. This represents a decline in value compared with the same period in 2022. In November 2022, CDT also made 35 purchases of IT goods, but spent more than $30 million on just its five most expensive such purchases. Here, with rounding, is what that money paid for, based on data in the State Contracting and Procurement Registration System:

  • $2.1 million to Direct Systems Support for maintenance coverage on IBM machines including the z15 (model T01, machine type 8561). This is a contract of slightly more than a year, from Nov. 16-Nov. 30, 2024.
  • $1.1 million to BlueVoyant for the BlueVoyant Azure Sentinel Accelerator Service, a cloud-native security information and event management (SIEM) and security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) solution in the Azure cloud. This is a nearly nine-month pact, from Nov. 1-July 31, 2024.
  • $980,000 to Astute Solutions for Veoci Warning Center modernization solution. This is a one-year contract, from Nov. 27-Nov. 26, 2024.
  • $922,741 to Crayon Software Experts through Microsoft Volume Licensing (MVL), most likely for Microsoft Office 365 government community cloud E5 application suites for all languages. This is a nearly two-and-a-half year contract, from Nov. 1-March 31, 2026.
  • $792,367 to Crayon Software Experts for unified, full user subscription licensing for Microsoft Office 365 government community cloud. This is a three-year pact, from Nov. 1-Oct. 31, 2026.
The periodic reports of spending on IT goods and services by agencies and departments in state government are compiled by Industry Insider — California as a way of highlighting procurements and trends.
Theo Douglas is Assistant Managing Editor of Industry Insider — California.