Public Procurement Priority No. 1: Process Reform and Re-Engineering

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State procurement leaders say process reform and re-engineering will be their top priority of 2016, according to the National Association of State Procurement Officials. NASPO is a public procurement-focused nonprofit organization and recently released its list of the top 10 priorities state public procurement leaders say they will focus on in the new year. Check out the full top 10 list of top priorities below:

  1. Process reform and re-engineering
  2. Measuring performance
  3. Professionalization
  4. E-procurement/ERP solutions
  5. State-wide centralization
  6. Information technology
  7. Fair competition and ethics
  8. Contract management
  9. Staff recruitment and retention
  10. Sourcing strategies

For the No. 1 priority, process reform and re-engineering, state procurement leaders said they will be looking specifically at streamlining procurement processes, modernizing procurement law and reducing regulations complexity.

Improving procurement processes is a topic widely discussed on Spend Matters. Read our coverage on this area, below, to learn tips your procurement organization can implement in the new year.

How to Whip Your Internal Procurement Process Into Shape: Guest contributor Amol Joshi of Ivalua offers tips on how procurement organizations can evaluate internal processes to improve efficiency and keep spend budgets in check.

How Changes in the Procurement Process Are Impacting Finance: Guest contributor Jim Wright, of Corcentric, shared his insight on the benefits of procurement-centric buying, such as cost savings and improved efficiency.

Why Your Procurement Organization Needs a Market Intelligence Center of Excellence: In this post, Jason Busch, founder and head of strategy of Spend Matters, writes, “market intelligence should be a core competency of procurement organizations.” Find out how procurement can gather intelligence and how it can be applied to improve cost savings and growth.

Business Process Management (BPM) for Procurement: A Spectrum of Choices [PRO]: If you are a PRO member, check out this piece Jason Busch and Pierre Mitchell wrote together on BPM and how it can be applied to procurement to improve how the procurement organizations operates.

For Procurement, is it the Process or the Tool That’s Broken?: Guest contributor Anu Gardiner, of DocuSign, asks readers to consider, if a procurement process is broken, could it be the technology or tools you are using in those processes are broken? Read how technology is changing the shape of procurement processes altogether.

25 Procurement Productivity Improvements You Can Make Right Now (Part 2): Pierre Mitchell, chief research officer at Spend Matters, runs through a list of ways procurement can improve productivity, such as having the proper size sourcing process steps in place and using the right e-sourcing and contract management systems. If you are a Plus or PRO member, you can also check out Part 1 of this series.

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