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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #373JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Renewal Info
Published Thursday April 18, 2019
Renewal entered into with:
Vendor: Softek Solutions Inc
Amount: An estimated $150,000
Renewal: 1st of 1, 7/1/2019 through 6/30/2020
Pricing Changes: 
Service/Product Changes: 
Sole Source Status: 
Yes, this procurement remains a sole source.
Potential Future Renewals: None
Comments: The university has complied with Section 8(i)(a)(b)of the BEP Act.
The buyer for this procurement is now Janielle Graham, (312) 413-2816.
The State Purchasing Officer for this procurement is now Catherine Bradbury.

The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
Award Info Published Tuesday May 20, 2014
Awarded to:
Vendor: Softek Solutions Inc, Overland Park, KS
Amount: An estimated $726,480
An estimated start date of 7/1/2014 through 6/30/2019, 60 months
1 twelve-month
Potential Future Renewals: $150,000
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 Tuesday May 6, 2014
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The University awarded a contract for Softek's Panther OnTrack a Cerner Monitoring to Softek Solutions Inc, Overland Park, KS, for an estimated $726,480.
The Softek Panther OnTrack solution is unique software and there is nothing like it available within the Cerner application itself, nor from any other vendor.

This software is used as a automated system alerting tool, which is critical to have when we do not have resources to actively monitor the Cerner system 24/7. The Softek Panther provides automated alerting to the staff that support the Cerner Millenium electronic medical record system. This Softek Panther solution is, and has been, well integrated with our Cerner software to provide automated alert notifications for the status of this critical, patient care application. Without this automated alerting, multiple additional FTE's would be required to be physically present to view the system status 24/7 to ensure all servers, etc. are functioning normally.

This is a proprietary system that is only available from this vendor and requires an annual support and maintenance contract. Only Softek Panther can discretely identify which server is a problem, what is occurring with that server, etc. It then provides quite specific notifications, which then are paged out to our team and we can expeditiously troubleshoot and intervene for any problems.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the compatibility of equipment, accessories, replacement parts, or service is a paramount consideration.

For additional information, contact:
John Meehan
University of Ilinois at Chicago
Purchasing Division (M/C 560)
809 South Marshfield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612-7203
Phone: (312) 413-5961
FAX: (312) 996-2055
State Purchasing Officer - Shirley Webb

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.

May 7, 2014
2:00 PM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

If you cannot attend the meeting in-person at the primary location, you may attend via audio teleconference. Email or call the Hearing Contact for details.

Alternate Location(s):
James R. Thompson Center
Room 9-035
100 West Randolph
Chicago, IL

Hearing Contact:
Keely Burton
Phone:(217) 558-5143
Fax:(217) 558-5407
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:
May 2, 2014
Register with:
Keely Burton
Phone:(217) 558-5143
Fax:(217) 558-5407

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
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Sole Source Justification Part 2
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