2017: TPAMS2025 pricing designed to deliver better value for NFPs & Government

Updated: Feb 10

This article is an archive from 2017. For the latest Government and NFP mobile pricing info, visit our 2022 update, The VTS is here! What does it mean for you?

As independent strategic ICT consultants, we’re fated to be thrilled by things that fail to get the average pundit’s pulse racing. Of course, everyone is excited when a new iPhone is released: it does the same thing as the previous iPhone slightly quicker, thus justifying a night on the pavement spent queueing and a price tag requiring scientific notation. It’s pretty exciting when the NBN arrives in your suburb. That’s understandable; people like downloading stuff, and downloading stuff faster is better.

At Dog and Bone we like to save our clients money, and in many cases lots of money. At the same time, it’s important to us that they have access to the best and most appropriate technologies. TPAMS2025 enables us to do that.

What is TPAMS? TPAMS stands for Telecommunications Purchasing and Management Strategy (TPAMS). TPAMS is the framework whereby the government procures telecommunications and IT services and equipment from eligible providers. These providers are Telstra, Optus, Vocus, MyNetFone, Mitel, NEC and R-Group.

This framework is separated into five ‘service towers’:

  • Data services

  • Voice services,

  • Mobile services,

  • Internet services and

  • Unified communications.

These services are then made available to all eligible public sector agencies, which of course includes many NFPs. The previous TPAMS arrangement, TCS which expires next month, provided about $150 million of ICT services. The new arrangement should be better (since it’s from the future, remember?)

That’s great, but what does that all mean? It basically means better services and equipment for cheaper, assuming you know what you’re doing. Luckily for you and us, we know what we’re doing.

Whilst TPAMS makes some effort to simplify things – such as identical contract terms across providers – this is still telco and IT we’re talking about, and there are a lot of moving parts. The contracts themselves allow for considerable customisation (far greater than the previous TPAMS). If you don’t know what to look for, it can get complicated. We have decades of collective experience in this area. We like moving parts.

We’ve thus been very active in the lead-up to the release of TPAMS2025 to work out whether it cuts the mustard. We’ve been working closely with government and TPAMS providers to make certain we understand every nuance. We always try to drill down into the fine detail so that our clients don’t have to, and this process has required fairly extensive drilling.

The good news is that TPAMS2025 looks great. We ran the new TPAMS pricing over an existing client’s data and found immediate savings of 35%. Our understanding was that 15% reduction was the predicted cost down. So this result exceeded our hopes. Bear in mind that this is an existing Dog and Bone client, so they were already on market-leading rates. This is where our independence gets to work for you. We're interested in you getting the best result, but indifferent to which vendor you select.

Not only that, but Dog and Bone is in a unique position to assist organisations to transition to the new TPAMS2025 agreement without having to change providers. We have the know-how, we have the numbers from all vendors, and we have some pretty powerful software to crunch them. We're confident we are best placed to maximise this great opportunity for NFP’s and Government.

So yeah, that’s why we’re excited.