Off-the-Shelf Procurement Technology Supports Public Procurement Needs

May 16, 2017
This short posting by Zycus briefly makes the point that commercially available technology can meet the needs of public procurement, especially given the often stringent rules and regulations of public procurement. The posting also makes the point that while basic customizations are often required...

NAO on Commercial & Contract Management – Be An Attractive Client

May 14, 2017
At the end of last year, the UK’s National Audit Office issued a very useful document titled “Commercial and contract management: insights and emerging best practice”. We did provide an initial overview of it here, and now we are into a more detailed review of its content and findings. For...

Ideas for Post-Brexit UK Public Procurement from BiP’s Eddie Regan

May 14, 2017
At the recent Procurex South event in London, Eddie Regan of BiP Solutions spoke on “the Potential Impact on Procurement Post Brexit”. Regan is the Principal Consultant for the training business within BiP Solutions, the event organisers, and is well respected in the UK public procurement...

Post-Brexit: What Changes Should We Make to Public Sector Procurement Law?

May 14, 2017
Brexit offers a rare opportunity in public policy – the opportunity to critically review how government works and rethink it. It is worthwhile looking at the options for UK Public Procurement post Brexit to see how new policy can be shaped to make it easier to do business. So, if I had a magic...

New Green Procurement Newsletter from European Commission – Out Now

May 14, 2017
This month’s European Commission News Alert on green public procurement (GPP) is now available online here . The lead article features a collaboration and best practice exchange between three Italian regions (Basilicata, Lazio and Sardinia) and the Romanian Ministry of Environment. “The start...

Market Engagement Best Practice Report from the SPP Regions

May 14, 2017
The Procurement Forum website is managed by the European Secretariat of ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability, as part of the Procurement of Innovation Platform project financed by the European Commission. It is a good way of finding out what is going on in the public “procurement of...

Negotiation in Public Sector Procurement — Why Does it Matter?

May 11, 2017
The perception from those who do not know the public sector well is that every aspect of procurement is process driven. Regulations in different countries are aimed at ensuring objectivity in the procurement process, and to protect against fraud. Because of this, negotiation is often not encouraged...

Useful Tips And Perspectives For Conducting Market Analysis

May 4, 2017
This article presents helpful tips and perspectives on conducting market analyses. Add these tips to your tool box for conducting market analyses – specific tips covered include: supplier market analysis, demand analysis, supplier interviews, and spend category risk level. Full Article:......

10 Rules for Successful Requirements Gathering

May 4, 2017
This article focuses on the actual gathering of requirements as part of requirements development and writing. While not written with a procurement context specifically in mind, it does provide helpful tips on gathering requirements. In addition to the “10 rules for gathering requirements”, the...

Writing an RFP that Works – A Checklist that Takes You Beyond the Template

May 3, 2017
Sourcing Magazine presents a checklist of useful tips that help you create and implement an effective RFP.  This checklist is less about what the template looks like, but rather about, as Sourcing Magazine describes: In this article we review how an RFP should facilitate the competitive...