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. This week even feature our first guest post from IDC analyst Max Claps on Government as a Platform. 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.

Delivering Government as a Platform – Breaking New Ground in Europe

Massimiliano (Max) Claps, research director for IDC Health Insights and IDC Government Insights in EMEA brings us his insight into the UK Government’s recent agenda for “Efficiency and Reform in the next Parliament.” A key component of this is the Digital Government vision of delivering government as a platform. Max outlines the differences that will come in terms of selecting which services to provide in this new plug-and-play paradigm, selecting the most suitable suppliers, and managing those services.

How Do Suppliers See Their Government Customers? Are You a Cash Cow?

We look at how suppliers see both the current attractiveness of the business they get from a particular customer and the future potential from that customer, which dictates how they will behave towards them, using the Boston Consulting Group matrix. We then apply the findings to the European public sector, explaining why this is something procurement executives will have to watch carefully.

Why Does Third-World Competent Public Procurement Matter to International Trade?

Imagine that procurement took up 70 percent of a nation’s government funding! The opportunity for corruption or fraudulent practices would be that much greater than in countries where it was 16 percent or even 25 percent.  This is the figure we’re talking about in Sierra Leone. Recovering from economic turmoil, and recuperating from the Ebola crisis, its procurement procedures have been at the mercy of corrupt officials owing, in part, to lack of transparency. It would be unfair to put this squarely at the door of lack of regulation.

Collaborative Buying in the Public Sector – Five Benefits and Five Negatives (part 1)

One major trend over the past 20 years in public procurement has been the greater centralisation of procurement activity. Conceptually and practically, working together is seen as being a good thing. In some countries, the national collaborative bodies have gained a strong mandate in terms of some organisations being “forced” to use them; in others, it is still very much a voluntary option for users, but in general, more contracting authorities than ever, we suspect, are using such collaborative bodies. What are the pros and cons of this development?

Applications Open for European Procurement Innovation Award

Last month, the Procurement of Innovation Platform announced that applications were open for the second ever Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) Award. The award recognises public procurers who have worked with the private sector to purchase goods or services that are innovative, effective and efficient. We give details of the award, how to enter and an overview of last year’s winner – good luck!

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