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Should governments be compelled to re-tender contracts if the incumbent supplier is doing a good job? by Jon Hansen

December 3, 2013

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The other day I posed a question in a number of LinkedIn groups based on a post by Ian Burdon (Risk Aversion, Bad faith and Scams , November 13th, 2013). The question was fairly straight forward; Should governments be compelled to re-tender contracts if the incumbent supplier is doing a good job? (refer to today’s post […]

Surprise, surprise: The UK has the most expensive public procurement system in Europe by Dr. Pedro Telles

August 19, 2013

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Editor’s Note: Today’s post is by our newest Procurement Insights European Union Edition contributing columnist Dr. Pedro Telles from Bangor University. Dr. Telles joined Bangor Law School in January 2011 as a member of the acclaimed Winning in Tendering project team. He is a specialist in public procurement law. Dr. Telles has previously worked as […]

Does the UK’s new Crown Commercial Service represent the future of public sector procurement? by Jon Hansen

July 24, 2013

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A corporate-style overhaul of the way the government buys up to £12bn of goods and services will be announced today as ministers try to use the spur of austerity to change the way Whitehall operates and make savings of around £1bn a year. from the  July 23rd, 2013 Financial Times article Business-style agency to run […]

How NOT to Follow a Strategic Sourcing Process by Kelly Barner

July 16, 2013

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I recently wrote an article for the ThomasNet Procurement Journal about the dangers of following the strategic sourcing process too closely. As well intentioned as any process is, over time, it is not uncommon for it to stand in for the THOUGHT process. We’ve all made the mistake of forgetting to think outside the lines, […]

The Privatization of the UK Government? by Jon Hansen

June 10, 2013

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In the most recent post in the Procurement Insights EU blog, Colin Cram discusses the recent Lord Browne Report on non-executive directors working with the UK government. For those who may be unfamiliar with the term, non-executives are drawn from numerous industry sectors (see graphic below) to provide expertise for an annual fee of roughly […]

Welcome to The New Procurement Insights EU Edition

May 23, 2013

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This past year has been somewhat of a watershed year for the Procurement Insights blog as well as its sister radio show The PI Window on the World. For example, we surpassed the 1,000 post mark with the blog that was launched with little fanfare in May 2007.  That is a lot of “virtual ink” […]

Move of IT buying to SSC lays the foundation for getting the job done right! by Andy Akrouche

April 10, 2013

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“By moving away from each department independently managing these activities, there are opportunities to drive economies of scale, achieve savings for taxpayers and improve services,” the budget reads. “Moving forward, the government will explore further whole-of-government approaches to reduce costs in the area of procurement of end-user devices and associated support services.” The above is […]

Outsourcing by Colin Cram FCIPS

November 9, 2012

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Since 1990 it has sometimes seemed that no UK government could outsource enough. The Labour Party, for the information of those readers outside the UK, is generally thought to be the most left wing of the main political parties and, as its name suggests, has a close relationship with the trades unions. However, when it […]

Virginia’s eProcurement Bureau Director to provide the client point of view with a regular column in the Procurement Insights Blog

August 28, 2012

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The first time I had the pleasure of talking with Bob Sievert back in August 2007 was when he contacted me regarding a then recent post titled The Ariba Interviews: Re-engineering the Future of On-Demand? After introducing himself and sharing with me a brief overview of Virginia’s eVA initiative, Bob asked if I would be interested […]

Are public sector employees on the endangered species list?

July 24, 2012

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In today’s post by Buyers Meeting Point’s Kelly Barner (Austerity Measures: Coming to a Company Near You?), she talks about how “many governments in Europe are considering austerity measures,” and “reducing national debt by spending less, particularly on public service.” Based on a recent article which indicated that since 2009 approximately 600,000 state and local […]

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