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GSA $2.5 Billion Cloud Computing Procurement RFQ: Real Opportunity or a Mirage for SME Vendors

The Federal Cloud Computing Initiative is partnering with GSA SmartBuy and the Defense Department’s Enterprise Software initiative for the cloud services contracts. The contracts are reported to be worth an estimated $2.5 billion over five years. Multiple contracts are expected to be awarded. from May 10th, 2011 Washington Technology article GSA launches $2.5B cloud computing...

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Failure and a lack of preparation pose the greatest risk to public sector shared services success

essay writing for moneyp>Recently the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee’s 2009 report, Central Government’s Management of Service Contracts, found there were no documented plans for managing 28% of contracts. A further 56% of contracts did not have a contingency plan in case of supplier failure. from the overview of the late David Kaye’s Briefing Paper – Public sector...

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Managing Supply Chain Risk: The Nokia and Ericsson Case Study

cheap autocad 2012p>Everywhere you look whether in the blogs, or social networking groups or for that matter even the more traditional media streams, the term supply chain risk pops up with increasing frequency. Of course catastrophic events such as the recent earthquake in Japan have a way of igniting widespread interest if only for the time that the media keeps it in the forefront of our...

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UK public sector veteran Cram stirs the pot of both creative thinking and controversy

The following is an excerpt from the May 16th, 2011 article by 30 plus year UK public sector expert Colin Cram titled “Connecting the dots: shared services” which appeared in the guardian.co.uk Procurement Leaders Network website. The public sector needs to take advantage of economies of scale and join up its services states Colin Cram In my 2008 white paper Yes Virginia: A Profile...

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Guest Author Colin Cram provides a hands-on approach to procurement

30 year plus public sector veteran and expert Colin Cram’s recent article in the public leaders network titled Hands On Approach To Procurement provides an interesting and unique lens into the restructuring of central government procurement in the UK. Click here to watch the video account of the January 18th, 2011 session Colin as you know was a guest on the PI Inquisitive Eye in December...

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IACCM Survey seeks to understand what the future holds for public sector professionals

When IACCM CEO Tim Cummins dropped me a line asking if I would be willing to extend to our audience base the organization’s latest survey seeking to understand how the shifting public sector landscape is likely going to affect government procurement professionals, I was more than pleased to accommodate the request based on my respect for Tim’s views and expertise. Tim as you know has...

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Government purchasing expert confirms that 90% of RFP winners decided before RFP is actually issued . . . with an important caveat!

When the procurement ombudsman for the Canadian Federal Government announced last summer that “The government has inadvertently created the conditions (for monopoly),” and that “It’s not what the government intended to do and that’s why we think a review would be beneficial to see what the impacts are, including the unintended effects,” it was not necessarily a total surprise in terms...

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The winning bidder in government tenders are selected before the RFP is actually issued 90% of the time . . .

According to the former Senior Aide for Gov. Mario Cuomo, Al Gordon, the winning bidder in government tenders are selected before the RFP is actually issued 90% of the time. In this second segment excerpt from the Government Contracts Made Easier Series of interviews with Small -Medium Enterprise or “SME” business owners, we welcome to the show National Strategies’ Al Gordon,...

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Are Discriminatory and Preferential Government Procurement Practices Damaging to International Trade? One Might Think So . . .

Discriminatory or preferential procurement practices can take several explicit forms, including “outright exclusion” in which foreign bidders are excluded from the tendering process (for example, defense contracts are often, but not always, reserved for domestic suppliers). Under “preferential price margin,” purchasing entities accept the bids of domestic suppliers over...

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Supply Chains are indeed the ties that bind us all in a global economy

Last June 23rd I can vividly recall the feelings I had when while sitting at my desk, our region was struck by what turned out to be a 5.0 magnitude earthquake. With the epicenter a mere 25 kilometers from my office, the rolling build-up and corresponding shaking, was tantamount to a jet airplane flying through the building. Needless to say, the above came into a proper context as I witnessed...

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