Procurement

State and local government agencies saw the number of bids and RFPs for improved medical equipment grow 21 percent in 2016, more than any other contracting area, fueled by high health care costs and an aging boomer population.

The City of Philadelphia is on track to comprehensively modernize its "old-school" procurement regulations, which have not changed since 1951. The proposed method, dubbed "Best Value," will be put to Philadelphia voters in the form of a ballot referendum next May. "Best Value" is a practice employed successfully in 18 of the top 20 largest U.S.

Category management is not just a new name for strategic sourcing. Rather, strategic sourcing is one of the tools used by category teams to manage procurement expenditure to achieve mission value. Unfortunately, much of the writing about strategic sourcing conflates it with category management, creating some misunderstanding about how the two are related.

Technology is a marvelous thing. It improves lives, saves costs and makes us more productive and more efficient. With one glaring exception, that is. When it comes to public sector procurement, IT projects often do none of the above. Instead, many public sector IT projects end up becoming case studies in waste, inefficiency and over-expenditure.

In today's rapidly growing market of Internet-connected devices, product security is too often an afterthought. But with the explosion of smart cities, smart cars and smart devices, it is pertinent that all "things" in the Internet of Things (IoT) are kept secure.

An acute skills shortage in the construction supply chain is impacting both budgets and the quality of projects. A new survey from the Scape Group has highlighted the impact of the skills shortage in the UK construction industry. The 'Sustainability in the Supply Chain' report surveyed over 150 contractors, subcontractors and senior managers at public sector organisations.

Innovation in procurement is without doubt one of the most challenging apects of smart and resilient city evolution. As we have written in the past, these terms to many are almost oxymoronic. But many cities realize that accelerating innovation and providing an expeditious way to get these innovations to the citizenship is a top priority. They realize that this can done within the legal paramaters that modern cities have due diligence related to contractors, pricing and the quality of the products being tendered. 

In an interview to appear later this month in S&RC the Chief Technology Innovation officer for one of America’s five largest cities told us that it now takes about 420 days for a technology product to make it through their procurement process.
 

City agencies worldwide face a fundamental challenge: How to improve core services while facing budget restraints. To help solve this issue, smart city innovations are becoming increasingly popular as they allow for an alternative to traditional expensive infrastructure investments.
 

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