Case study: Crossrail Contractor Innovation Portal

Posted by John Glover on 17-Sep-2014 09:54:00

Getting in Kahootz with suppliers to deliver post-procurement innovation

"Kahootz has made it easier and quicker for us to share sensitive information with restricted groups of individuals, while the email update function ensures all users are kept informed of the latest developments at all times. Kahootz is easy to use and we have been impressed with its reliability and ability to handle large documents."

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Topics: procurement, stakeholder engagement, case study

Team collaboration and the virtuous circle of procurement

Posted by John Glover on 15-Sep-2014 09:50:00

To make this virtuous cycle work effectively, it’s essential to ensure continuity of communications throughout the procurement process and to use common tools that allow you to work with interested parties as and when you need them to be involved.

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Topics: public sector, procurement

Getting in Kahootz with pre-market engagement

Posted by John Glover on 10-Sep-2014 09:45:00

In our recent post, we saw that the public sector faced a variety of challenges that can stand in the way of effective pre-market engagement during the procurement process.

The key to robust pre-market engagement is to involve partners, staff and potential suppliers as early as possible. This allows you to better shape your outline requirements, refine your business case and budget and select the most appropriate procurement route.

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Topics: workplace innovation, collaboration tools, procurement

Explaining the procurement process cycle and its effective management

Posted by John Glover on 08-Sep-2014 09:40:00

Traditionally when people talk about procurement, they tend to focus on the process of inviting submissions, applying the tendering process, receiving and evaluating bids and awarding contracts.

While important, this is only part of the wider picture. However, procurement professionals (particularly in the public sector) increasingly look at the whole process as a cycle, rather than a single journey with a beginning and an end.

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Topics: workplace innovation, procurement

The challenge of pre-market engagement in procurement

Posted by John Glover on 05-Sep-2014 09:37:00

Perhaps the most challenging part of any procurement process is pre-market engagement.

This is the period before you invite submissions from suppliers and it gives you a valuable opportunity to:

• Identify your outline requirements clearly
• Involve partners, staff and potential suppliers early
• Refine your business case and budget
• Select your procurement route

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Topics: workplace innovation, procurement

Public sector, meet collaborative procurement

Posted by John Glover on 31-Jul-2014 09:35:00

Collaborative procurement is a hot topic in today’s public sector.

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Topics: public sector, collaboration tools, procurement

Public Sector Collaboration at Civil Service Live 2014

Posted by Ruby Urwin on 24-Jul-2014 09:27:00

Kahootz are back from Civil Service Live 2014 and we had a fantastic time helping the public sector and civil servants to “learn share collaborate”! Not only was it a pleasure to see so many new faces, but the increase of interest in working smarter and the adoption of cloud technology, especially in collaboration, was inspiring.

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Topics: news, procurement, g-cloud

What public sector procurement reform means for you

Posted by John Glover on 27-Jun-2014 09:24:00

In recent years, public sector procurement in the UK has undergone major reform – with collaborative working being promoted as a key way to cut costs, increase efficiency and transform working practices. 

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Topics: public sector, procurement, g-cloud

Is the G-Cloud 4 Procurement Framework an Improvement?

Posted by John Glover on 21-Oct-2013 13:15:00

We are about to enter the fourth iteration of the UK Government's innovative G-Cloud framework in under two years. As someone who has personally taken part in all four submissions, I thought it would be worthwhile to comment on whether the process is getting any better.

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Topics: public sector, workplace innovation, procurement, g-cloud

G-Cloud Savings - THE REAL STORY!

Posted by John Glover on 17-Jun-2013 12:22:00

It is strange that although a primary aim of the G-Cloud programme is to save money for the tax payer, when anyone mentions G-Cloud success, or failure, they look first at the sales figures and then list the vendors who have made the most money. Is it me, or are they missing the point?

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Topics: public sector, workplace innovation, procurement, g-cloud