VCS offers a variety of innovative purchase options and strategies in order to provide agencies with some flexibility when making their software investment.
- State Contracts. VCS works with several software resellers possessing “all software purchases” State Contracts.
- Two and Three Year Licensing Plans. Break down your Licensing and Training fees into (2) or (3) more affordable payments.
- Grant Funding. Ample grant opportunities are available to qualifying agencies. Visit www.grants.gov, www.dhs.gov/xgovt/grants/index.shtm, or contact VCS for a comprehensive list of opportunities.
- Piggyback Contracts. Many state agencies will negotiate a contract with a vendor for similar products, and then allow smaller governmental agencies to make purchases based upon that contract. Contact your agency’s procurement administrator to see if this opportunity is available in your area.
- Start Small. VCS’ scheduling systems are modular; thus the purchase of all components is not necessary. A common strategy is to purchase the VCS scheduling system with fewer modules. This will reduce the initial software and training costs. When the benefits of the system are realized, it is typically easier to obtain funding for a new module. An added benefit is that you are learning the system in step-by-step increments which makes the learning curve more manageable.
- Software Leasing Companies. These independent companies can fund a total software solution, including services, maintenance, and implementation fees. Costs are usually spread over a multiple-year term, matching benefits received from the software. Some benefits of software leasing are: lower payments, deferred payments, reduced out-of-pocket expenses, and tax advantages.
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