June, 2011

To what degree does legislation and related policy affect either positively or negatively the government tendering process?

office 2013 best price p>I write tenders & oversee tender evaluations for an Australian govt body – and I’ve always included criteria around “innovative” business processes & systems. Sadly the responses to these questions are usually very disappointing and just offer up the industry standard fare… I don’t think that a supplier having a competitive advantage...

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Is a career in the public sector (re government) a good career choice?

The dynamics of a changing world especially as it relates to the economy as well as other factors means that a career in the public sector is not what it used to be . . . if it ever was. Here is the question by way of our Procurement Insights Poll . . . is pursuing a career in the public sector a good choice? View This Poll 30 microsoft office 2013...

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Recent announcement by UK Government re open source software refocuses attention on PI 2007 post

Government departments were told in a Cabinet Office policy note (PDF) dated 31 January that they “should wherever possible deploy open standards in their procurement specifications”. In its note, it defined open standards at those that are “publicly available at zero or low cost” and that have “intellectual property made irrevocably available on a royalty-free...

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Join the new Procter & Gamble Supplier Forum

There is a great deal happening over at the new Supplier Relationship Management Portal, including the launch of the new Procter & Gamble Supplier Forum. Click To Join Now Forum Overview: Have you been a supplier for Procter & Gamble, or are you trying to be? Sharing your experiences as a supplier to the $80 billion giant can help both yourself and others to understand how to do business...

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What is Procter & Gamble Thinking?!

computer antivirus softwarep>It never ceases to amaze me how the bigger companies lack the creative insight to look beyond the old standby of vendor compression or rationalization as a means of driving procurement savings. With Procter & Gamble’s latest move to save money “plan,” the industry heavyweight is looking to reduce the number of production companies with whom...

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Reverse Auctions and the automotive industry (Part 1): A history of discontent?

mac os x 10.4 downloadp>This was a memorable keynote to more than 200 senior automotive industry executives from the supplier side of the industry if for no other reason than it was at the height of the tensions between the manufacturers and their supply base as a result of Covisint and other failed initiatives. Within the context of the present day SaaS platforms that utilize advanced algorithms...

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Gender issues in buyer-seller relationships: does gender matter in purchasing?

p>Findings of few differences, along with the mixed findings of Dion, Easterling and Javalgi (1997) and Moncrief and colleagues (2000), clearly suggest that gender may not be as significant an issue today as was previously thought. As Moncrief and colleagues point out, much of the research that found differences is now somewhat dated. Our findings and those of other recent studies reflect the...

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GSA $2.5 Billion Cloud Computing Procurement RFQ: Real Opportunity or a Mirage for SME Vendors

The Federal Cloud Computing Initiative is partnering with GSA SmartBuy and the Defense Department’s Enterprise Software initiative for the cloud services contracts. The contracts are reported to be worth an estimated $2.5 billion over five years. Multiple contracts are expected to be awarded. from May 10th, 2011 Washington Technology article GSA launches $2.5B cloud computing...

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