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While the public sector market and public procurement are constantly changing, there are a few core skills that are fundamental to world-class procurement. This page brings you resources and training to continually learn.

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Last week we mentioned the SPP Regions success story on its CO2 emissions project, which involved the collaboration of 31 contracting authorities carrying out 40 eco-innovative tenders. The organisation has now published 40 good practice examples (or ...
The Kerslake Report published last week into the events around the Manchester Arena terrorist suicide bombing last year in the north-west of England (at an Arianna Grande concert) makes very sad but fascinating reading. Bob (Lord) Kerslake, the author, ...
The eafip initiative has created a series of short videos showcasing successful European innovation procurement implementations. They feature individuals, including both public procurers and suppliers, talking about how they successfully developed and ...
When it comes to buying cybersecurity, do you even know where to start? They say that early engagement with vendors is key to effective buying, so consider starting there by joining our upcoming webinar, Preparing to Buy Cybersecurity . We’ve assembled ...
Buying procurement technology, like any technology, can be a complex endeavor. It requires an understanding of which facets of procurement you're trying to improve, which technologies in the market are best suited to your specific problems, and how best ...
If you are curious about how drones are used in the public sector and want to learn how to buy them, then this pre-recorded webinar will get you on the right track.  Drones are doing amazing work in the public sector, from creating 3D models of large ...
To watch the full video, scroll down! Governments at all levels are grappling with the need to invest in new technologies and modernize their legacy systems. But lack of resources and capital investment dollars can often prevent that from happening. ...
Promoting the Procurement Function may be a new concept for some in the Public Procurement profession; however, all public procurement personnel have been and will continue to be involved in “promoting” the procurement function. Some may be aware of their ...

Learn the Market

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When it comes to buying cybersecurity, do you even know where to start? They say that early engagement with vendors is key to effective buying, so consider starting there by joining our upcoming webinar, Preparing to Buy Cybersecurity . We’ve assembled ...
Buying procurement technology, like any technology, can be a complex endeavor. It requires an understanding of which facets of procurement you're trying to improve, which technologies in the market are best suited to your specific problems, and how best ...
If you are curious about how drones are used in the public sector and want to learn how to buy them, then this pre-recorded webinar will get you on the right track.  Drones are doing amazing work in the public sector, from creating 3D models of large ...
To watch the full video, scroll down! Governments at all levels are grappling with the need to invest in new technologies and modernize their legacy systems. But lack of resources and capital investment dollars can often prevent that from happening. ...
On Thursday, October 26 Public Spend Forum will welcome guests from the public and private sector for a discussion on the potential for Share-in-Savings style contracting approaches to modernize legacy systems within the federal government. First introduced ...
Download a preview of Public Spend Forum’s inaugural Public Procurement Technology report today! Join us for the first ever Public Procurement Technology Symposium , to be held on October 18 , 2017. As governments all around the world search ...
We wrote   this article in 2013   on the differences between public and private sector procurement, and it still comes top of the list on our “popular posts” ranking. It is a collection of comments from a survey we ran, so it seems about time we gave ...
A recent protest decision from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) provides several important lessons for procurement professionals who are buying cloud-enabled services as well as vendors hoping to sell them. Let's dive in! Red River Computing ...

Learn the Government

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Promoting the Procurement Function may be a new concept for some in the Public Procurement profession; however, all public procurement personnel have been and will continue to be involved in “promoting” the procurement function. Some may be aware of their ...
Download a preview of Public Spend Forum’s inaugural Public Procurement Technology report today! Join us for the first ever Public Procurement Technology Symposium , to be held on October 18 , 2017. As governments all around the world search ...
Government Technology   provides examples on how to find procurement success at federal and local levels by examining models that other jurisdictions have explored. Taking direction from industry leaders, this article describes a current state where ...
To everything there is a season.  No one knows this more than companies that do business with the Federal government; the Federal procurement season that is. Summer, especially late summer of July through September, is 4th quarter of the Federal calendar ...
Summer is the silly season in federal government contracting. When it comes to business development, many events that most of us go to are on temporary hiatus until September to allow for vacations that limit attendance, so what do we do? Well, there ...
We wrote   this article in 2013   on the differences between public and private sector procurement, and it still comes top of the list on our “popular posts” ranking. It is a collection of comments from a survey we ran, so it seems about time we gave ...
Most governments and public sector bodies (contracting authorities) have an objective to increase the share of public sector expenditure that goes to smaller firms (SMEs / small and medium enterprises). There is an interesting economic, political and ...
There is no shortage of advice for businesses who want to sell products or services to the public sector. Unfortunately, some of this is not good advice, and there are firms who exploit the ignorance of many firms to sell expensive training, consulting, ...

Learn Skills and Best Practices

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Promoting the Procurement Function may be a new concept for some in the Public Procurement profession; however, all public procurement personnel have been and will continue to be involved in “promoting” the procurement function. Some may be aware of their ...
Government Technology   provides examples on how to find procurement success at federal and local levels by examining models that other jurisdictions have explored. Taking direction from industry leaders, this article describes a current state where ...
In the never-ending quest to deliver more value, procurement organizations are trying to squeeze more savings and innovation out of spend categories. But, eventually the well starts to run dry, and when that happens, you need to either get more out of ...
I t is not unusual to find examples of the “sunk cost” fallacy in government procurement projects. That fallacy relates to our feeling that how much money (or time, or effort) we have already invested in a project or activity then plays a role in deciding ...
On August 8, Jack Pellegrino, Director of Purchasing & Contracting for the County of San Diego, presented a webinar on how public procurement is a service profession and the importance of customer service within this area. While providing good customer ...
As budgets continue to shrink, how can professionals working in public procurement do more with less? This article was first published on   Procurious . We live in a world of apparent contradictions. The amount of money being spent by global ...
The Pre-Procurement Phase We wrote   here   about the reasons why many contracting authorities around Europe have found it difficult to get the proportion of their contracts and business won by small or diverse firms up to a reasonable level.  But ...
A recent protest decision from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) provides several important lessons for procurement professionals who are buying cloud-enabled services as well as vendors hoping to sell them. Let's dive in! Red River Computing ...