The 2021-22 fiscal year surpassed our annual record once again, with $18,767,640 in spending and $15,301,050 in estimated savings! Continued growth can be attributed to the ongoing expansion of our catalogue and the utilization of new agreements (including a $1,146,319 spend on the recently launched Firewalls Master Agreements).
In addition, ShareIT is excited to announce the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure contract is now live. This growth could not happen without our members, and we are incredibly grateful for your support!
New to ShareIT?
The Alberta ShareIT Program is managed by Cybera, and led by the province’s post-secondary education sector. It leverages economies of scope and scale to give members access to IT hardware, software, and services. It also offers valuable knowledge transfer, skill-building, and cybersecurity opportunities.
ShareIT is open to educational institutions in Alberta that are members of Cybera. To find out more, contact: shareIT@cybera.ca.
Current Catalogue of Offerings
- Adobe Licensing (PSI Only)
- Audio Visual Hardware
- Cloud Services Providers
- End User Computing
- IBM SPSS Licensing (PSI Only)
- Networking Hardware
- Online Proctoring
- Phishing and Security Awareness
- Telephony and Hardware Services
- Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing
- Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
- Web Conferencing SaaS
New ShareIT Master Agreements
Additions from January – March 31, 2022
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solutions are now included in ShareIT’s catalogue of offerings. This shared procurement initiative includes on-premise, cloud, and hybrid VDI solutions. A dual-award was provided to ESTI Consulting Services and Insight Canada.
ESTI Consulting Services
On April 28, 2022, ShareIT entered into a three year contract with ESTI for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.
ShareIT is currently in contracting negotiations with Insight Canada, with an estimated signing date of June 2022.
Web Conferencing SaaS
BlueJeans Events and Meetings
As a result of the national NREN effort, Cybera has signed an agreement with BlueJeans by Verizon through the CANARIE Master Agreement. BlueJeans offers web conferencing software as a service to all ShareIT members at a significant discount.
Current Procurements in Flight
Networking Hardware v2
This shared procurement project was directed to Original Equipment Manufacturers and is currently in the evaluation phase. Contracting is expected to begin June 2022.
End User Computing Hardware v2
This shared procurement project is directed to Vendor Approved Resellers and is our largest initiative to date, with 27 participating ShareIT members. We are currently in active posting, and contracting is expected to begin June / July 2022.
IT Services Roster – Request for Pre-Qualification
The addition of an IT Services Roster offering will provide the ShareIT members access to short-term, temporary IT expertise and services. The objectives are to:
- increase the education sector’s access to leading qualified suppliers
- reduce administrative efforts to access services
- contain and potentially lower the costs of professional services
- mitigate service quality risk and confirm eligibility requirements and credentials
The project kick-off session is scheduled for Wednesday, June 15, 2022, from 1:30-3:00pm. An email will be sent to all ShareIT members with more details.
End Point Detection Response / Managed Detection Response
To protect against the increase in ransomware attacks, it is recommended that organizations increase their endpoint security, as these are the largest surface areas for attack. The primary functions of an EDR/XDR security system are to:
- monitor and collect activity data from endpoints that could indicate a threat
- analyze this data to identify threat patterns and include real time threat intelligence
- automatically respond to identified threats to remove or contain them, and notify security personnel
- forensics and analysis tools to research identified threats and search for suspicious activities
The project kickoff will be scheduled for July 2022. More information to come.
Showcase of 2021/2022 Professional Development and Training
April 1, 2021
Rogers 5G and Education
April 8, 2021
The Internet of Things (IoT) – What You Need to Know
April 14, 2021
Sony & Logitech Share the Latest in Remote Learning Technologies
April 21, 2021
A Deeper Dive into Boomi
May 5, 2021
IVY.ai Kickoff Session
May 5, 2021
M365 Teams Voice Direct Routing
May 27, 2021
Top 3 Challenges faced by IT Departments in Education & Solutions
June 8, 2021
M365 Teams VOIP Part 2: A Deeper Dive
June 15, 2021
Powering an Inclusive Future of Education
June 24, 2021
Alberta CUCCIO Cybersecurity Benchmarking Webinar
June 29, 2021
Hy-Flex Classroom Technology Solutions
July 8, 2021
Microsoft Sentinel and SAIT
August 5, 2021
The Future of Hybrid Education
August 19, 2021
Shift Left: Building Efficiency in your IT Department
October 21, 2021
Compugen (Fortinet) Firewalls KickOff Session
October 28, 2021
Long View Systems (CISCO) Firewalls Kickoff Session
November 4, 2021
Softchoice (Palo Alto Networks) Firewalls Kickoff Session
November 16, 2021
Phishing & Security Awareness Kickoff Session
November 18, 2021
End User Computing Global Supply Chain Insights with Gartner
November 25, 2021
End User Computing Global Supply Chain Insights with InfoTech
December 2, 2021
A5, Sentinel & Security Round Table Discussion
February 2, 2022
Smart Campus – Smart to Smarter
February 16, 2022
Chatbots: A UofA and UofC Perspective
February 24, 2022
Enterprise Service Management
To access the professional development and training slide decks and recordings, visit the ShareIT wiki (ShareIT member access only).
ShareIT has launched a member-wide Slack workspace to support communication and collaboration among members. Use this link to join!
The Alberta ShareIT Program is an Alberta-based collaborative initiative, managed by Cybera and overseen by representatives from the province’s post-secondary institutions. Its procurement service leverages economies of scale to give participants in both the post-secondary and K-12 education sectors access to a broader, more powerful, and more economic suite of computing technologies.