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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Illinois Public Higher Education Cooperative
SoleSource #IPHEC2129

Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase

Award Info Published Wednesday November 18, 2020

LinkedIn CorporationSunnyvale, CA

  • Amount: An estimated $13,000,000
  • Terms: An estimated start date of 11/1/2020 through 10/31/2023, 36.00 months
  • Renewals: None

The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.

The hearing has been cancelled
Published Monday November 16, 2020
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
The Chief Procurement Officer for this procurement is now John Donato.
The State Purchasing Officer for this procurement is now Catherine Bradbury.
First published Monday, October 26, 2020
The University awarded a contract for Online Hosted Training Software to LinkedIn Corporation, Sunnyvale, CA, for an estimated $13,000,000.
Universities have a need for Online Learning. For the last several years, online learning has supplemented and even replaced face-to-face interaction in classrooms and conference rooms. Throughout the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and professional graduate education, students are required to be technologically literate to complete coursework and fulfill class requirements. Many times, students are not familiar with software applications required to complete coursework and the college/department assumes the student understands or will figure it out on their own. Students require a simple and convenient method to fill this gap and learn the skills they require to complete coursework and be successful in our environment. Now, with COVID-19, online learning is more essential than ever for students and faculty. University staff also require a convenient and intuitive way to obtain personalized instruction on technology (software/web development, infrastructure training, data science, database management, etc.), business (leadership, management, soft skills, etc.), and creative (art and illustration, animation, CAD, graphic design, web design, etc.) skills to increase functional capabilities and professional development. In addition, limited budgets and time require faculty/staff to replace previous travel to conferences or training centers with online learning solutions. The above-referenced examples provide just a snapshot of the potential uses for digital learning and this specific Sole Source request. Higher Education globally is in continual competition to not only attract students but to best prepare them for the workforce after degree completion. Through various State-imposed difficulties, Illinois Higher Education can be at a disadvantage when competing with neighboring states for even our own in-state students. Utilization of a system that not only meets the base requirements for technical and certification knowledge but also better prepares our students for the workforce through industry-specific skill sets is an imperative tool for our collective success. The university, on information and belief, has concluded that only one vendor can meet its need or can meet the need economically. That vendor is Linkedin Corporation. The university has provided detailed justification to support its conclusion as shown on the attached Sole Source Justification Form. Although the university has presented this as a sole source procurement, we are seeking competitive information from firms with the capability of meeting the university's need (even if performed in a manner different from what has been presented) to contact us and provide sufficient information to show the need can be met. If we receive that information, the Chief Procurement Officer will offer a public hearing to consider the matter. Hearing information is described below.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the Site License contracts are only available directly from the vendor

For instructions on how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description, disclosure or contract forms, contact:
Graham LaMontagne
Phone: (217) 300-6452
Chief Procurement Officer - John Donato
State Purchasing Officer - Catherine Bradbury

We will hold a public hearing at the date, time and location specified below, if we receive a request to testify regarding the sole source determination. We will also hold a hearing if any vendor submits a signed statement showing the capability to provide the stated supplies/services at or below the amount indicated.

The public hearing allows any interested party the opportunity to testify for or against the sole source determination as described in this notice. The purpose of the hearing is to receive information from the public in a reasonable manner. Formal rules of evidence will not apply. The hearing officer will produce minutes of the hearing and may record it in order to aid in the production of the minutes. After conclusion of the hearing we will decide whether the sole source determination was appropriate.

We must receive any request to testify and any vendor statement no later than the registration date and time indicated below. If we do not receive a timely request or statement, we will not hold the hearing. We reserve the right to cancel the procurement prior to any scheduled hearing. Please confirm the status of the hearing with the Hearing Contact.

Hearing Details

November 18, 2020
9:00 AM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

Hearing Contact:
Catherine Bradbury
Phone:(217) 993-2327
Additional Information: All sole source hearings under the jurisdiction of the Chief Procurement Officer for Higher Education will be conducted by tele-conference only until the in-person option is reinstated.
Potential participants are requested to call ahead to verify location and get directions. Date, time, and location are subject to change and/or cancellation. It is the responsibility of potential participants to confirm these details prior to attendance.

Registration Deadline:
November 13, 2020
Register with:
Catherine Bradbury
Phone:(217) 993-2327

The State of Illinois has a policy to encourage prospective vendors to hire qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.

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Sole Source Justification
  • IPHEC2129LinkedIn.pdf (861 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • IPHEC2129Pt2.pdf (477 KB)