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Why Good Data Matters.

Not all data is the same. It might have come from the same source, but how it gets treated is vital. If a data company doesn't have good data hygiene practices things can get messy very quickly, making it hard to understand the data or undermining your valuable analysis. These are our rules for ensuring data integrity: ...

Why Good Data Matters More Than Ever

Governments spend a lot. How we spend this money is important for a whole slew of reasons. We often overlook how effectively procurement functions on a day to day basis. In most countries, our streets are lit, our roads are repaired, our hospitals have drugs and public websites are accessible for all to use. This may feel like ...

Governments Worldwide Reassessing Procurement, Post-Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic brought unprecedented challenges to governments around the world, especially in the procurement of essential supplies and equipment. As the crisis gradually recedes, governments are taking stock of their procurement strategies and reevaluating their approaches to ensure better preparedness for the future. Over the last few years we’ve reported on how Covid effected European procurement, ...

Using Government Procurement Data To Propel Growth

In a world of data-driven decision-making, businesses are constantly seeking  information to drive growth and competitive advantage. One highly beneficial resource is government procurement data. Accessing and analysing this data can provide companies with invaluable insights, enabling them to identify new opportunities to sell to government, while expanding their customer base, optimising their operations, and ultimately ...

Transforming Public Procurement-Consultation Open

in December 2020, we shared the UK Government's Green Paper consultation on ‘Transforming Public Procurement’ which outlines proposed measures to be included in the Procurement Bill. The Government’s response to the consultation was published in December 2021 including an analysis of 600 responses from government, industry, trade bodies and others. The Procurement Bill was then introduced ...
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North Macedonia Joins WTO Government Procurement Act

The Government Procurement Agreement 2012 (GPA), under the World Trade Organisation (WTO), aims to establish fair, open, and transparent competition in government procurement markets worldwide, which collectively exceeds $13 trillion. The GPA consists of 21 parties representing 48 WTO members, with an additional 35 WTO members participating in the Committee on Government Procurement as observers. Through this ...

Permissions Capability Procurement Shortcomings

It's been a busy week for government procurement audits globally, including the most recent report from the Australian National Audit Office(ANAO), looking at the Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs or the department) procurement process for a ‘Global Digital Platform’ (GDP), an IT workflow system to modernise the processing of Australian visa applications. The procurement process originally ...

UK Procurement Bill Amendments For National Security

We've been following the the UK Government's proposed new Procurement Bill as it has made its way through the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Yesterday, the Government announced new amendments tabled, with the objective of strengthening national security. The amendments include the creation of a specialist unit, the National Security Unit For Procurement, to ...

Net Zero Needs Further Action, Says NAO

A new National Audit Office (NAO) report highlights that further action is needed by the UK Government to strengthen governance and delivery mechanisms, if it is to secure value for money for its £4.2bn of innovation spending in pursuit of net zero. The NAO’s latest study investigates whether the government is set up to deliver value for ...

EU Commission Move To Electronic Procurement

The European Commissions Directorate Generate for Informatics (DIGIT), has launched a new dynamic purchasing system for software licences and associated services (SIDE III DPS). This new system is part of the Commission's efforts to modernise IT and procurement and streamline procedures, reduce administrative burden and open opportunities for smaller businesses. SIDE III DPS will enable the Commission ...

Deduplication Routines

Deduplication is a deceptively complex problem to handle at scale. There’s a simple, ugly and brutal way to do it, where you compare two records and determine if they are exactly the same, but this doesn’t work if the records are very slightly different. A missing comma is enough to render that algorithm useless. Doing deduplication properly ...

Future Trends in Government Procurement

Over the years, government procurement has undergone significant changes, with new trends emerging that are reshaping the way governments buy goods and services. One of the most notable trends in government procurement is the shift towards digital procurement. Governments are increasingly leveraging technology to streamline the procurement process, reduce costs, and improve transparency. Online procurement portals, e-auctions, ...

Making Your Own Export Platform?

If you are building your own export platform, sourcing, organising and analysing your data has its challenges. Here are some of the most common challenges we see: Finding The Right Data. Bid teams' time is valuable, and poor information can make the difference between a useful product or not. It's common to have questions around potential sources of ...

Global Analysis: Less Is Less

Analysing 7.5 million tender documents published by governments around the world has revealed a worrying trend of publishers providing less data for potential bidders. On average, the number of tender notices that have descriptions with fewer than 250 characters has increased from 31% in 2019 to 45% in 2022. This trend of using shorter descriptions in tender ...

Canada Levels Up Procurement For Young Entrepreneurs.

Canadian not-for-profit organisation Futurpreneur,  has partnered with the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC), on a project to diversify the Canadian Government supply chain. Futurpeneur is a not-for-profit organisation, providing financial and mentoring assistance to young entrepreneurs. CAMSC is a not-for-profit organisation that certifies and prepares Aboriginal and minority-owned businesses to commercially engage and respond ...

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