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The reemergence of a recognized brand by Jon Hansen

July 3, 2014

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It has been a while since we last heard from Rosslyn Analytics, a company whose intelligence sharing platform empowered buyers in a way that  forever changed the industry’s view of data mining and its practical utilization in the purchasing decision-making process.  In short, Rosslyn was efficiently managing big data before we called it big data. […]

With Serco is it a case of one bad apple spoiling the entire corporate barrel? by Jon Hansen

July 19, 2013

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Last week , the Procurement Insights European Union Edition was one of the very first blogs to report on the news that the Minister of Justice Chris Grayling had announced that the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) had been called in to investigate G4S and Serco.  Grayling indicated that there was evidence that both companies had […]

The Privatization of the UK Government? by Jon Hansen

June 10, 2013

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In the most recent post in the Procurement Insights EU blog, Colin Cram discusses the recent Lord Browne Report on non-executive directors working with the UK government. For those who may be unfamiliar with the term, non-executives are drawn from numerous industry sectors (see graphic below) to provide expertise for an annual fee of roughly […]

World Class Procurement by Colin Cram

May 6, 2013

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What is world class procurement? That is the question that was asked last week at a conference that I was chairing. The topic was world class procurement in the NHS. Some people would argue that if an organisation has efficient and modern processes and procedures, category management, a highly qualified workforce, good information and performance […]

Restructuring Government Procurement by Colin Cram

April 19, 2013

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The UK government appears to be moving towards centralising civil government procurement in all but name. It was less than 3 months ago that I proposed* to a UK Parliamentary committee (the Public Administration Select Committee) the creation of a ‘Crown Procurement Service’ for the whole of the public sector. This proposal, based on my […]

Review of UK Central Government Procurement Spend by Colin Cram

April 2, 2013

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Whilst the UK government seems to be re-doubling its efforts to improve procurement by central government, the impact of the changes so far have been limited according to one Parliamentary body. Whilst parliamentary debates between the government and opposition parties tend to hit the headlines, much of the hard work of ensuring good quality legislation […]

Delivering Government Procurement Policies by Colin Cram

March 14, 2013

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In the 1980s, a TV comedy programme in the UK achieved very high audience ratings. Margaret Thatcher, the then Prime Minister, was an avid fan. It was called ‘Yes, Minister!’ and viewers saw the hapless government minister pitched against the civil servants, led by ‘Sir Humphrey’, who did their best to undermine any ministerial policy […]

Colin Cram’s 5 Recommendations for a Successful Government Procurement Contest

September 27, 2011

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Similar to the Coles Notes or, the . . . For Dummies series of books, 30 year plus UK public sector veteran Colin Cram has, as a lead in to our October interview on the PI Window on Blog Talk Radio, provided his five recommendations for a successful procurement contest initiative. For those who may […]

Recent announcement by UK Government re open source software refocuses attention on PI 2007 post

June 25, 2011

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Government departments were told in a Cabinet Office policy note (PDF) dated 31 January that they “should wherever possible deploy open standards in their procurement specifications”. In its note, it defined open standards at those that are “publicly available at zero or low cost” and that have “intellectual property made irrevocably available on a royalty-free […]

House of Lords tackle the question; Can public procurement be used as a tool to stimulate innovation?

January 25, 2011

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As I spend an increasing amount of time crisscrossing the pond I have seen an emerging trend that is perhaps a strong reflection of the globalized nature of our collective world, including within the arena that is public sector procurement. What I am talking about is the commonality of challenges that many governments are now facing […]