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Tips for Buying Cybersecurity Products and Services

8 Nov 2018
Last month Frank McNally of Public Spend Forum hosted Neil Chaudhuri, President of Vidya, and I for a webinar on Cyber Acquisitions. I got some great questions afterward about federal procurement generally and buying cybersecurity products and services specifically. Here’s a summary. Is there...

Public Spend Forum’s Public Procurement Weekly Roundup

12 Oct 2018
Google drops plans to compete for JEDI while IBM recently submitted a bid protest over the $10 billion cloud contract and HHS experiments with blockchain to transform acquisition. All this and more in Public Spend Forum’s Weekly Roundup for October 12, 2018.   IBM Protesting Pentagon’s...

Improving Government IT Through Effective Cyber Security Procurement

12 Oct 2018
When it comes to buying cyber security, it’s hard to know where to even start. A constantly changing threat environment and the diversity of government IT networks make it complicated to determine how cyber security fits into the procurement lifecycle. In situations like this, a good first step...

Steve’s Peeve About A Common Contracting Phrase

2 Oct 2018
Ask yourself the following question: What is the adjective most commonly used to modify the phrase “government contracts” in mainstream-media articles? The answer, I’m pretty sure, is “lucrative.” As in, “X company or individual won lucrative government contracts for…” Pay attention...

Crowdsourcing: The Shortcut to Effective Market Research

28 Sep 2018
Market research is an essential an ongoing task for any procurement professional.  But so are many other aspects of procurement; contracting, negotiations, supplier reviewsyou name it.  We all know we should be keeping on top of market and pricing trends, but when you’re tasked with buying...

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Innovation

I am looking for examples of public procurement models for tendering and cost reductions which have cost reductions and cost driver built into the RFQ process. Is anyone doing this and looking to use more private sector approaches to control costs and cost increases?...

Hello Public Spend Forum community

Hello to everyone, Today had managed to find time to fill my profile and I am happy that I was accepted in this highly valued community. Just wanted to say hello. I think it`s a great platform to share knowledge and learn from various procurement professionals across the globe. Please to be here at...

Value based requirements

It’s often pointed out that Public Procurement is bound by law to source for best value. But, of course, value is not all that well defined. Value is the new way of saying TCO – total cost of ownership and usually stresses risk mitigation, innovation and proper “fit”...

Perks of using truck graphics as messages on vehicles!

The increasing interest in vehicle wraps marketing and advertising, including the positive mass reaction to the truck graphics, has paved way for the vehicle wraps industry to mature greatly. The process that once started with stickers and decals on motorcycles and cars have now evolved to...