Can you afford to ignore social procurement any longer?

Aug 08, 2017

The concept of Social Procurement is becoming more widely discussed in the Canadian public procurement field, with various jurisdictions adopting social procurement policies and frameworks to some degree.

Social Procurement is the idea that public sector agencies can use their procurement function to affect social and economic policies while also achieving value for money. Discussions are…

Value for Money - Keeping it Real

Jul 28, 2017

A short introduction to our RVfM (Real Value for Money) methodology, exposing a serious and potentially legally challengeable flaw in using traditional MEAT formulas.

Following extensive analysis of the formulas used in the public sector to calculate the Most Economically Advantageous Tender (MEAT) – the winner – in major procurements, Commerce Decisions has developed an alternative formula,…

Normalising Transparency

May 31, 2017

In its recent Procurement Policy Note “The Transparency of Suppliers and Government to the Public”, Crown Commercial Service has given more weight to the presumption of disclosure in procurement processes.  Authorities are now expected not rely on…

“Procurement: the new frontier to drive growth - How prepared are you?”

Feb 08, 2017

When attempting to drive organisational technological innovation alongside policy changes there is a whole series of challenges to be managed by government departments. In procurement departments in particular, the need to innovate and to drive more and more value from suppliers is highlighted in the UK Government’s recently published Industrial Strategy paper.

The paper targets public sector…

GEMS are found and the winners announced…..

Dec 05, 2016

Following on from my last blog about the MOD GEMS award scheme, and the use of our AWARD® evaluation solution to judge the entries, the winners have now been announced.

It was another successful year for the awards scheme, with 56 nominations.  As ever, entrants came up with some fantastic ideas that will save the MOD money and time, and more importantly, the lives of our troops on the front…

Finding those hidden gems

Oct 27, 2016

Despite the headline and the image, it’s not actually a Blue Diamond I am referring to when I mention GEMS, but the Ministry of Defence GEMS Staff Engagement and Innovation scheme which was introduced in 1996. For me personally, 1996 wasn’t such a great year; Take That announced their split, Glen Hoddle succeeded Terry Venables as England Manager and Man Utd did the double (beating my beloved Liverpool…

Procurement and technology, the future is closer than you think

Aug 19, 2016

It’s 2030 and your role of Procurement Manager has long since changed to that of Virtual Acquisition Manager.  You’re sitting at your place of work in a high-tech ‘Focus Space,’ which in 2016 was known as your home office. Your focus is on strategic procurements, not the purchasing of common goods and services; the latter is now carried out by artificial intelligence, where the ‘big data boom and…

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