The GETS Ready program offers “a la carte” services that agencies can purchase directly from technology providers. GTA acts as a service broker by pre-qualifying service providers and offering contracts (referred to as convenience contracts) with price ceilings. Many of the contracts include multiple providers with whom agencies can negotiate directly to obtain standard, commercial services. Agencies can easily compare offerings from different providers and are responsible for managing their relationships with providers.
Georgia-based public entities whose procurement departments allow purchases from state contracts are eligible to participate in the GETS Ready program. These entities include cities, counties, political subdivisions such as Boards of Health and Boards of Education, public universities, and local courts.
The program makes it easier for public entities to procure technology services while expanding their purchasing power at the same time. In addition, the services are tailored to the special needs of government entities. Service offerings in 2018 included:
- Wireless communications devices and services
- Hosted contact center
- Oracle licensing
- Managed desktop
- Managed security
- Servers and storage
At the end of FY 2018, the GETS Ready program had grown to over $100 million in annual contract value.