ITAM Software Purchasing Guide

All software purchase requests must be submitted through the MDH Service Desk. Below are links to the three software purchase categories; click the link for the appropriate dollar amount for guidance.

Purchase Categories:


  • ​Quotes are not required for Smartsheet, Cognito Forms, Acadia​ or DocuSign​ purchases.
  • Have appropriate fiscal staff complete and sign a chargeback form (use this form for Smartsheet, Cognito Forms and Acadia; use this form for DocuSign).
  • Create and submit a Service Desk ticket​ (Submit a Request | Software - Purchases, Licenses | Under $5,000), attaching the completed and signed chargeback form to the ticket.
    • If all necessary documentation is included with the ticket, OET will provision the requested users.
    • If required information/documentation is not included, the requestor will be notified by email via the Service Desk ticketing system; the ticket's status will be set to "Pending" until OET receives the needed information.
  • OET will charge the program for the licenses by journal entry.
  • Upon completion, OET will change the ticket's status to "Resolved" and the requestor will receive a notification email from the Service Desk ticketing system.


  • Obtain quotes​ for desired software licenses, maintenance, etc.
  • Have a requisition or other funding authorization signed by appropriate fiscal staff with vendor, product, price noted.
  • Create and submit Service Desk ticket​ (Submit a Request | Software - Purchases, Licenses | Under $5,000), attaching quote(s) and requisition/funding authorization, and completing Custom Fields.
    • If all necessary documentation is included with ticket, OET will make purchase and notify requestor on completion.
    • If information and/or documentation is omitted, OET will notify the requestor via the Service Desk ticket “Note” section and you will receive an email. The status of the ticket will be assigned a status of “Pending” until OET receives the proper documentation.
  • When software licenses, keys or other confirmation is received, attach to the corresponding ticket (Attachments | Add File).  This can be done by OET or the customer, depending on who receives the documentation.
  • OET will charge the program for the purchase by journal entry when the appropriate CPC reconciliation is processed.
  • Upon completion, OET will assign the ticket a status of “Resolved” and the requestor will receive a notification email from the Service Desk ticketing system.
  • If the person receiving the software does not have administrative rights to his/her computer, they must request software installation from their local IT staff.
  • To avoid delays, please be sure to reference the software purchase ticket number on the software installation ticket and/or attach the license information to the ticket so that the software can be properly installed.


  • Solicit quotes through the normal procurement process.
  • Create PO for winning bid using Purchasing Type "CX" (will be routed through OET in approval path).
  • Submit Service Desk ticket (Submit a Request | Software - Purchases, Licenses | Under $5,000), noting PO # in appropriate field in Custom Fields box.
  • OET will approve PO in ADPICS, prior to final approval and posting.
  • Following award, when software licenses, keys or other confirmation received, attach to the ticket (Attachments | Add File).  

  • Initiate solicitation for quotes through OPASS.
  • When a PO is created by OPASS, submit Service Desk ticket (Submit a Request | Software - Purchases, Licenses | Under $5,000), noting PO # in appropriate field in Custom Fields box.
  • OET will monitor PO for approval and award, but will not be in the approval path.
  • Following award, when software licenses, keys or other confirmation received, attach to the ticket (Attachments | Add File).



  • Microsoft
    • Contact Software House International (SHI) to obtain quotes at mdgov@shi.com or 800.477.6479 x5886
    • Reference the MDH Enterprise Agreement (EA) #9039847 for Microsoft purchases
    • Required documents:
      • Purchases $5,000 and below: Signed requisition form, quote and Service Desk ticket
      • Purchases over $5,000: Signed funding certification form, quote and Service Desk ticket
  • Adobe Products
    • For non-Education purchases: Contact Computer Intelligence Association (CIA)/Digital Information Services to obtain quotes at sales@ciacentral.com or  301.762.1051 (VIP Account #: C9868C80C2401E21B8FA)
    • For Education purchases: Contact Daly Computers to obtain quotes at mdsales@daly.com or 301.670.0381 x455 (VIP account #: 3D90F98C97908249379A)
    • One-time license purchases for Adobe Acrobat are purchased through Adobe TLP Volume License Agreement, Customer ID #53433501
    • Required documents:
      • Purchases $5,000 and below: Signed requisition form, quote and Services Desk ticket
      • Purchases over $5,000: Signed funding certification form, quote and Service Desk ticket
  • ​​SAS
    • Contact Daly Computers to obtain quotes at mdsales@daly.com or 301.670.0381 x455, renewals contact Kimberly Quick
    • Reference MDH Site Number 38550
    • Required documents:
      • Purchases $5,000 and below: Signed requisition form, quote and Service Desk ticket
      • Purchases over $5,000: Signed funding certification form, quote and Service Desk ticket
  • ​​RUMBA
    • Contact Daly Computers to obtain quotes at mdsales@daly.com or 301.670.0381 x455
    • Required documents:
      • Purchases $5,000 and below: Signed requisition form, quote and Service Desk ticket
      • Purchases over $5,000: Signed funding certification form​, quote and Service Desk ticket
  • Smartsheet
    • Quotes are not required for these license purchases; pricing included in chargeback form
    • Required documents: Signed chargeback form​ and Service Desk ticket
  • Cognito Forms
    • Quotes are not required for these license purchases; pricing included in chargeback form
    • Required documents: Signed chargeback form​ and Service Desk ticket
  • Acadia
    • Quotes are not required for these license purchases; pricing included in chargeback form
    • Required documents: Signed chargeback form​ and Service Desk ticket
  • VPN tokens
    • Quotes are not required for these license purchases; pricing included in chargeback form​
    • Required documents: Signed chargeback form​ and Service Desk ticket​
  • DocuSign
    • Quotes are not required for DocuSign; users are charged for usage, pricing included in chargeback form
    • Required documents: Signed DocuSign chargeback form​ and Service Desk ticket




How do I get the software installed after OET has completed the purchase?
If your business unit has its own local IT support team, please request installation from that team and be sure to provide the license information.  For users directly supported by OET, the Service Desk ticket you submitted for the purchase will be routed to appropriate staff for installation after the purchase is complete.

Must everyone within MDH comply with the ITAM Software Purchasing procedures?
No, Local Health Departments, Boards and Commissions that have a Memorandum of Agreement with OET are exempt from the ITAM procedures and should continue to purchase software using their existing procedures.

Is hardware part of ITAM?
No, the ITAM procedures only apply to software purchases, software maintenance/support, and renewals.

Is ITAM only intended for software on personal computers?
No, all software for equipment and devices in operation throughout the Department must follow the ITAM procedures.

Is there a standard for Microsoft Office products?
Microsoft 365 is the MDH standard for office productivity software. Microsoft 365 must be bundled with the Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) as negotiated with Microsoft and SHI and available through the State’s Microsoft master contract. The software is subscription-based with an annual cost of $334.01 per user (inclusive of Microsoft 365 and EMS). One subscription may be used on up to five devices per subscriber (e.g., desktop, laptop, smartphone, plus two more). The subscription includes all updates to ensure that users have the most current version. Please note: the subscription must be paid annually, so please be sure to budget for the recurring annual cost.

To obtain quotes, please follow the guidance provided in the Vendor Information for Quotes section of the page.

Important Note:  Local Health Departments (LHDs), Boards, and Commissions that have executed a Memorandum of Agreement with OET should not reference the MDH Enterprise Agreement number listed above.  LHDs, Boards and Commissions are not covered under the MDH Enterprise Agreement.  

What software applications are included in Microsoft 365 Pro Plus?
The MDH Enterprise Agreement with Microsoft for Microsoft 365 Pro Plus includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, Skype for Business and Access. Users can purchase Project and Visio Pro using the EA, but these are not included in the Microsoft 365 Pro Plus subscription and must be purchased separately.

The cost of Microsoft 365 is high, is there an alternative?
An alternative is the Google Suite which is included with each Gmail account. Users have access to Google Drive, Google Documents, Sheets, Slides, Forms and more at no additional cost. 

My program doesn’t use requisitions that are required to be attached to a ticket when requesting a purchase. What do I do?
Please use this Requisition Form​.​
 
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