Virginia’s eVA Program Garners Yet Another Industry Award by Jon Hansen

Posted on September 16, 2014


“Virginia took home the honor of Gold Cronin Award winner with their submission eVA Mobile Apps. eVA Mobile Apps – eVA Mobile 4 Business and eVA Mobile 4 Approvers – empowers users by bringing the bidding process to their fingertips and allows approvers to have real-time access to requisitions. These innovative apps provide a fast, secure and easy way to conduct thorough reviews of solicitations and keep the purchase process moving from the convenience of a mobile device.” – The National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) Press Release, September 10th, 2014

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Back in May I wrote about Virginia making the Supply & Demand Chain Executive “SDCE”  Top 100 list, which recognized the Commonwealth’s eVA initiative  as being one of the Best projects that navigate the complex waters of today’s complex supply chain.

Here we are a few months later, and eVA is once again being recognized for excellence, but this time by NASPO for it’s innovative eVA Mobile Apps.

As you already know, I have never been a big fan of the vendor-oriented awards and acknowledgements that have been trumpeted through analysts firms such as Gartner.  However, there is something different about being acknowledged by the real industry media and association peers such as NASPO.  Perhaps it is because these types of organizations actually represent the interests of procurement professionals and therefore have no agenda beyond both recognizing and sharing true industry-related success stories.  And eVA’s mobile Apps are a true industry success.

In fact in August 2012, Virginia’s eProcurement Bureau Director Bob Sievert wrote a guest post for this blog in which he talked about the launch of the then new “free mobile app”.  Here is the link to that post titled “Virginia Launches eProcurement Mobile App“.

While no one could have anticipated that within 2 years the new mobile initiative would be receiving industry awards, the fact that Virginia is always pushing the envelope in terms of making a  great platform even better is what stood out to me the most.  In short, Robert Gleason – who is the Director, Div. of Purchases & Supply, Bob Sievert and the entire Virginia team posses a proactive how can we make eVA better mindset that has consistently delivered results since it’s inception in 2001.  Even though some of the original players have moved on,  it is this level of ongoing commitment, as well as other enduring values that have made, and will continue to make eVA successful for many, many years to come.

The only question that remains is . . .  what’s next for an initiative that continues to top itself year-after-year-after year?