This week’s summary of articles from Public Spend Matters Europe

Our new site Public Spend Matters Europe, launched a few weeks ago, has received 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. 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 and we have nice pictures there too! 

SAP -- losing e-invoicing deals in Germany, paying a lot for Concur 

A few cracks have recently appeared in SAP’s generally strong market reputation and position. We remark how it does not seem to be leading the field in e-invoicing as a tool and a platform on which to offer supply chain finance to suppliers. We ask whether firms like Tungsten, Oxygen Finance,Taulia or Tradeshift are winning clients in SAP’s very own “back yard.” The EU has mandated the adoption of e-invoicing of course, but combining it with supply chain finance brings very interesting opportunities for governments, contracting authorities and customers.

Encouraging small firms in public competition — the post-procurement phase

Continuing our look at how contracting authorities can ensure that procurement processes are as positive as possible for smaller firms, and indeed any firms less experienced in terms of bidding for public sector contracts, we write about the post-award phase of the process. It is not necessarily so that once we have awarded the contract, the work is done --and if a small firm has won the contract, then there is nothing more to do. We look at what more we can do, both to help ensure that the contract is delivered successfully, and to help smaller firms next time we go to market.

Denmark and public contracts - missing opportunities in the single EU market

The Danish Export Association has found that Denmark is missing out tremendously when it comes to public contracts - winning only 43 of the 50,000 up for grabs over 12 months. We wonder whether this is the plight of the smaller EU member states generally with their higher number of SMEs, or a mixture of trade protectionism and a very 'un-level' single market playing field.

The public sector IT market - why so many failures? 

IT is one of the largest spend areas for governments and public authorities across the world these days. Yet whilst many spend areas have caused issues for public sector buyers, it seems that few have been the cause of so many problems as IT projects. We look at the report “Billions in the Balance – Removing Barriers to Competition & Driving Innovation in the Public-Sector IT Market” which, while focusing on issues in US public sector IT procurement, is highly applicable to the situation in pretty much every country.

How Bulgaria's public procurement competitiveness ranking could take a step up

Bulgaria still faces some issues within its public procurement sector that EU directives may go some way to improving. The country was named in the bottom group of the European Commission’s “competitiveness” rankings last month as reported by the Sofia News Agency.  There are some areas though where Bulgaria could greatly improve once new regulations are adopted domestically.

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