Press Release: December 21, 2004

Garland ISD Selects CDW-G and HP for Printer Contract Estimated at $1.3 Million

Vernon Hills, IL -- December 21, 2004

CDW Government, Inc. (CDW-G), the government and education subsidiary of CDW Corporation [Nasdaq: CDWC], and HP [NYSE: HPQ] [Nasdaq: HPQ] today announced a contract win with Garland Independent School District (GISD) in Garland, Texas valued at an estimated $1.3 million in printers, to help the district improve administrative efficiency and further its academic success.

GISD, located in one of the fastest growing areas of Dallas County, knows about cost effectiveness - the Texas House Select Committee on Public School Finance ranked it first in the state for financial efficiency. When GISD, the 13th largest school district in Texas, needed new printers for its offices and classrooms, they turned to CDW-G to help select more than 600 HP laser and inkjet printers and 40 scanners.

"CDW-G and HP were aggressive in their bidding and gave us the best overall pricing package. And, just as important, we are very satisfied with their timely order processing and delivery," said GISD Executive Administrator of Technology Jim Hysaw. "We've always had good success with HP printers working very well in our educational environment. CDW-G is a top-notch company and delivered exactly what we needed, when we needed it."

"CDW-G is committed to responding to customer needs with a sense of urgency," says Chris Rother, vice president for education at CDW-G. "However, we not only wanted to get Garland ISD the technology they need for today's academic advantage, but wanted to make sure we delivered products that will help them remain innovative in the years ahead. Quality HP printer products fit the bill."

The new HP printers will be used district-wide for various purposes, including printing report cards for some 15,000 GISD high school students, says Hysaw, who plans to implement the report card project in all 64 K-12 campuses. The printers also will be used in an accelerated reader program in K-5 classrooms to print reports that help teachers, students and parents monitor progress and track student weaknesses in learning.

"Working together, HP and CDW-G deliver the technology products and services that K-12 districts require to meet the administrative and educational needs of their schools," says George Warren, director, K-12, Public Sector Organization at HP.

"We did our homework from both a cost and quality standpoint when we selected CDW-G and HP," adds Hysaw. "HP printers are the standard in our district and are nearly bullet-proof. Some we've had in service for more than 10 years. The education environment is very different than the corporate environment, and some of our most experienced users are kids - and the products always perform very well."

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