BidSync, a Utah-based public sector procurement solutions vendor, announced this week that several of its customers have been recognized for excellence in procurement. BidSync is well known for its e-notification capabilities – posting opportunities to bid online so there is no favoritism in who is invited to bid, and so an agency can solicit as many bids as possible. It is pushing into the e-sourcing arena with bid submission and tabulation capabilities.
High-flying SciQuest apparently has competition in the UK – Science Warehouse announced that it has won the business of St. George University of London. St. George joins other Science Warehouse clients such as University of York, University of Cambridge and University College of Dublin. SciQuest has traction in the pharmaceutical industry as well, but according to a spokesperson, this group of customers isn’t often very interested in publicizing vendor relationships. Too bad!
Other universities are making investments in procurement technology. Emory University and the University of Missouri have both recently invested in Zycus’ spend management solutions. Apparently higher education is feeling enough pinch to spend a little on technology upfront . . . .
Work in Progress
I am just putting the finishing touches on a presentation, “Best Practices for Using E-Sourcing Tools,” for the upcoming Gartner IT Financial, Procurement and Asset Management summit. It really is fun to reflect on all the best practices I’ve learned over the years, such as involving stakeholders in requirements gathering and bid evaluation. Interested? Join me in San Diego November 17-19!
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