This Week’s Summary of Articles from Public Spend Matters Europe

Public Spend Matters Europe is continuing to receive a good reception from the public procurement community around Europe. There’s a new article every day so the volume of diverse and interesting reads is really starting to mount up and many are attracting comments from experts. Each Friday, we are featuring a brief summary of the main articles published that week on PSME. If you see something of interest, please click through and take a look at the whole thing – there’s lots to catch up on around Europe.

Collaborative Buying in the Public Sector – Five Benefits and Five Negatives (part 2)

In Part 1 we looked at the major trend over the past 20 years in public procurement for collaboration between organisations and in effect greater centralisation of procurement activity. We look at the pros and cons of this development. We’ve already studied the undoubted positives, and this article we look at some the negatives or issues with this approach. Not all of these are as well understood as most of the positives.

The Path To A Low-Carbon Economy Is Paved By Central Purchasing Bodies

We are delighted to feature this post this week from Philipp Tepper, who works for ICLEI Europe, an international association of local governments and national and regional local government organisations that have made a commitment to sustainable development. An interesting article, he puts the case that well managed, imaginative public procurement can help reduce costs, minimise negative environmental impacts and increase social returns. 

Fat Leonard Pulls the US Navy into Procurement Corruption Scandal

We’ve featured procurement corruption and fraud stories from Eastern Europe, in Africa and Asia, but even the world’s leading free-market economy is not immune from this problem. The vast sums of money spent by the United States military has over the years attracted various frauds, scandals and cases of corruption. The latest has an amusing aspect, but still deserves to be taken seriously – indeed, more seriously than the US authorities seem to think it should be based on their response so far.

 

Software Upgrades and New Releases - How Much Will They Cost You?

Take two firms whose products might look fairly similar to the untutored eye, both provide “source to pay” software suites, but they work very differently. One firm is known for offering clients a high degree of customisation with many options available to the client, the other offers a very standard product, with limited opportunity for customising, and a strictly cloud-based, software as a service delivery model. Now of course there are pros and cons with these two approaches. But the real difference comes later, with upgrades.

Dutch Ministry Publishes New Framework Promoting Procurement of Innovation

The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Rijkswaterstaat, published a report outlining new policy framework for the public procurement of innovation. The ministry’s Innovation Agenda outlines innovation needs – in particular, an open attitude towards new ideas and arrangements in which initiatives can be developed. As a general objective, each innovative project must aim to reduce Rijkswaterstaat networks’ lifecycle costs by 30 percent, increase functionality by 30 percent and increase safety and sustainability by 30 percent.

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