Benchmarks for public sector procurement

Complimentary licensing and advice at no cost

It's in everyone's interests to help public agencies save costs and operate efficiently. That's why we are happy to support governments, public procurement agencies, and other qualifying public sector organisations with complimentary benchmark licenses and priority technical support and advice at no cost. Contact us to discuss your requirements and let us put our expertise to work for you.

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Vendor-neutral benchmarks for PC procurement


What is a benchmark?

The best way to make procurement savings is with fair and open competition. But many public sector organizations find it hard to describe PC performance in a practical, accessible, and vendor-neutral way.

The best approach for specifying and comparing the performance of computer systems is to use benchmarks. A benchmark is simply a test that is used to compare similar products. A computer benchmarking program works by running a series of well-defined tests on a PC to measure its performance.

UL benchmarks produce scores that represent PC performance for common tasks. Specifying PC performance with a UL benchmark score is a simple way to make sure that your tender is vendor-neutral. When it's time to decide, you'll also find that comparing benchmark scores is far easier than comparing component specifications.

Benchmarking for procurement

UL benchmarks are ideal for governments and other public sector organizations seeking a vendor-neutral solution. UL creates accurate, relevant, impartial and practical benchmark tests for specifying and comparing the performance of PCs, laptops, notebooks, tablets, and smartphones. In addition to complimentary licenses, we offer priority technical support and advice at no cost to qualifying organisations.

Over the years, we have helped many organizations use benchmarks to specify PC performance in IT tenders and RFPs. Our PCMark range of benchmarks has been used by the governments of France, Germany, Northern Ireland, Brazil, as well as the European Commission in major tenders for tens of thousands of PC systems.

Vendor-neutral development process

UL creates benchmarks in cooperation with the world's leading technology companies using an open and transparent process that guarantees fair and neutral benchmark results.

Our driving purpose is to create benchmarks that are universally used and respected by consumers, press and the industry, and we have been doing exactly that since 1997.

Independent and impartial

UL is an independent, global company with more than a century of expertise and innovation in the fields of product testing, inspection and verification services. Around the globe, UL helps customers, purchasers and policymakers navigate market risk and complexity. UL builds trust in the safety, security and sustainability of products, organizations, and supply chains — enabling smarter choices and better lives.

Resources


How to specify PC performance

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How to benchmark a PC

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What is a good PCMark 10 score?

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Benchmark user guides

Our detailed guides explain what each benchmark measures and how the scores are calculated.

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