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Baltimore County Public Schools, MD, leverages spend visibility to stretch budget in support of educational mission

Baltimore County Public Schools, MD, leverages spend visibility to stretch budget in support of educational mission | Government Procurement | Scoop.it
Baltimore County Public Schools, MD successfully deploys the Spikes Cavell Observatory: massive ROI on annually investment in spend and contract visibility.
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How analytics can cure today's procurement woes -- Washington Technology

Using spend analytics can help solve many of today's procurement woes. Here are 10 questions to ask that can make for better acquisitions.
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Government race against time to replace £600m services deal

Government race against time to replace £600m services deal | Government Procurement | Scoop.it
Starting gun fired on new, more SMB-friendly framework, but will the government need another EU extension?
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Why SMEs Can Help the UK Government with Huge Public Sector Contracts

Why SMEs Can Help the UK Government with Huge Public Sector Contracts | Government Procurement | Scoop.it
Comensura's Business Development Director, Jon Milton, details why there's more to life than Serco and G4S
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The good, the bad and the ugly of public sector procurement

The good, the bad and the ugly of public sector procurement | Government Procurement | Scoop.it

Procuring technology in the public sector at the moment is a bit of a nightmare. The days of ‘nobody ever got fired for hiring IBM’ are long gone and digital decision makers are faced with a market that is practically changing every 24 hours

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Do your own contract negotiations

You are not big enough for some of your suppliers

Prepare for the negotiations

Use SMEs where you can

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CEL Procurement clinches LDC backing

Warrington-based CEL Procurement has secured investment from private equity house LDC to support its acquisition strategy.
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CEL, which employs 35 staff, provides procurement services for public sector organisations in the UK primarily in social housing.

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Open source enables government to slash IT bills: Memset | Digital By Default News

Open source enables government to slash IT bills: Memset | Digital By Default News | Government Procurement | Scoop.it
With the government’s “open source procurement” mandate already in place, where public sector organisations have to demonstrate that they have included open source choices within their procurement activities, Memset has been able to demonstrate the real cost savings that can be realised when using open source.
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Suppliers set out hopes for G-Cloud 5

Suppliers set out hopes for G-Cloud 5 | Government Procurement | Scoop.it
Fifth iteration of framework leads to calls for less cloud washing and greater education
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How many iterations does there need to be?

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As G-Cloud turns 2, balance between SIs and SMEs emerges | Business Cloud News

As G-Cloud turns 2, balance between SIs and SMEs emerges | Business Cloud News | Government Procurement | Scoop.it
The UK government’s innovative model for procuring digital services, G-Cloud, turns two years old today. Chief executive officer of cloud services provider Skyscape told Business Cloud News that although there’s still progress to be made, a balance between SMEs and the big SIs that have traditionally claimed the lion’s share of public sector IT spending is finally beginning to emerge.
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G-Cloud suppliers cautiously welcome CloudStore overhaul

G-Cloud suppliers cautiously welcome CloudStore overhaul | Government Procurement | Scoop.it
Potential for confusion over cloud and non-cloud services continues to cause concern
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Maude: UK government should axe Microsoft to improve procurement | Digital By Default News

Maude: UK government should axe Microsoft to improve procurement | Digital By Default News | Government Procurement | Scoop.it
Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has proposed that expensive software produced by firms like Microsoft should be dropped in a bid to make procurement more effective and efficient.
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IT contracts top Foreign Office procurement spending - IDG News Service

IT contracts top Foreign Office procurement spending
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He added, "Best procurement practice is followed in the letting of all contracts in accordance with guidelines set out by the Government Procurement Service.
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The public sector's £200bn annual spend is finally being recognised

The public sector's £200bn annual spend is finally being recognised | Government Procurement | Scoop.it
Chief procurement officer Bill Crothers hopes to deliver a single central government service that is 'irresistible and irreversible', writes Colin Cram
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Local government bodies ignore G-Cloud, admits Whitehall digital chief

Local government bodies ignore G-Cloud, admits Whitehall digital chief | Government Procurement | Scoop.it
Authorities must be educated about platform's benefits
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The head of the Government Digital Service (GDS) said he believes most local councils in the UK are unaware of G-Cloud, the government’s IT procurement platform aimed to bring down the costs of government IT.

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Less than transparent | Supply Management

Less than transparent | Supply Management | Government Procurement | Scoop.it

Transparency would appear to be the buzzword of the moment. Across the public sector, it is being cited as the way to improve services and get better value for taxpayers.

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While it appears the private sector is “very relaxed” about greater openness, and even championing it, the same cannot be said for the public sector, judging from comments by PAC chairman Margaret Hodge. She is adamant resistance to increased transparency is coming from government, not firms. “All too often it’s the government that hides behind commercial confidentiality because they don’t want the service to be analysed too closely,” she says.

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UK government sign £5.5m with Microsoft to continue Windows XP support

UK government sign £5.5m with Microsoft to continue Windows XP support | Government Procurement | Scoop.it
The UK government has signed a one year contact with Microsoft, worth £5.5m to provide and maintain critical Windows XP support to public sector organisations.
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PfH celebrates 10-year anniversary with £1m-a-week savings milestone | Public Procurement Insider

PfH celebrates 10-year anniversary with £1m-a-week savings milestone | Public Procurement Insider | Government Procurement | Scoop.it
Procurement for Housing (PfH), the national social housing procurement consortium, is celebrating its 10th anniversary in April with news that it now saves social landlords over £1m every single week.
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- invested in spend analysis technology to assist with procurement programmes.

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Spikes Cavell Analytic becomes part of INSIGHT’S Supplier Community

Spikes Cavell Analytic becomes part of INSIGHT’S Supplier Community | Government Procurement | Scoop.it
Spikes Cavell Analytic Inc.’s services, including Software as a Service (SaaS) applications designed for business users to access cleansed, classified and enriched spend management information, are now available from Insight Public Sector through a reseller agreement.
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The investment, which sees LDC take a minority equity stake in Warrington-based CEL, will support the firm as it explores acquisition opportunities to expand its presence in the UK and in internati...

The investment, which sees LDC take a minority equity stake in Warrington-based CEL, will support the firm as it explores acquisition opportunities to expand its presence in the UK and in internati... | Government Procurement | Scoop.it
LDC's Manchester team has invested in Warrington-based CEL Procurement to help fuel the firm's ambitious acquisition strategy
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Public sector tender delays 'starve economy of £22 billion' | Supply Management

Public sector tender delays 'starve economy of £22 billion' | Supply Management | Government Procurement | Scoop.it
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Public Sector should prepare for upcoming EU Procurement Directives

The public sector should prepare for the upcoming EU Procurement Directives, in order to avoid financial penalties.
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Report calls for six councils to be merged in Warwickshire - LocalGov.co.uk - Your authority on UK local government

Report calls for six councils to be merged in Warwickshire - LocalGov.co.uk - Your authority on UK local government | Government Procurement | Scoop.it
Plans to scrap six councils in Warwickshire and create a single unitary authority are to be debated in the county.
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The flaws in UK government drive to improve technology procurement

The flaws in UK government drive to improve technology procurement | Government Procurement | Scoop.it
I’ve spoken with many IT Procurement leaders in public sector organisations ranging from US county schools districts to national governments. Most are prevented from applying best practices such as Strategic Software Sourcing by their politicians’ ill-conceived edicts and directives, such...
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Politicians should empower their public sector procurement teams to use industry best practices for technology sourcing and stop forcing them to use open tender approaches when they aren’t appropriate for the category or project being sourced.

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Government to step up SMB IT procurement ahead of 2015 election

Government to step up SMB IT procurement ahead of 2015 election | Government Procurement | Scoop.it
Francis Maude vows to increase SMB procurement and get Government to embrace open standards.
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Cabinet Minister Francis Maude has vowed to spend a further £100 million on procuring IT services from SMBs by the next general election in 2015.

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Suppliers demand changes to G-Cloud framework

Suppliers demand changes to G-Cloud framework | Government Procurement | Scoop.it
A group of IT suppliers have demanded improvements to the G-Cloud programme ahead of the launch of the fifth iteration next month.
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New EU Procurement Directives approved

New EU Procurement Directives approved | Government Procurement | Scoop.it
New EU procurement directives introduce "most economically advantageous tender" (MEAT) into the procedure to allow environmental and social considerations
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MEAT?  Whatever next?

“The new criteria will put an end to the dictatorship of the lowest price and once again make quality the central issue,” 

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