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Periscope Expands Partnership with NIGP, Takes on New Role of Managing NIGP Consulting Program

Austin, TX, April 10, 2013 – Periscope is excited to announce that the company has successfully expanded its partnership with the NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement and has been granted the opportunity to provide managed services that will support the continued growth and success of the NIGP Consulting program.

The NIGP Consulting program has been a successful venture for NIGP since it was formed in 1995. NIGP recently elected to outsource the marketing and management of its NIGP Consulting program and executed an agreement with Periscope to assume these new responsibilities.

NIGP Consulting services provide procurement management support in areas of strategic procurement planning, procurement process and organizational reviews, contract management and administration, technology reviews, eProcurement readiness assessments, energy market evaluations, and policy reviews and development.

Periscope will extend NIGP Consulting capacities through its proven project management expertise, report and deliverable production, relevant benchmarking, best practices identification, and analysis. The company plans to launch changes that will be essential forces toward a positive evolution of the program. Highlighted primary changes include consulting methodology and additional resources to assist the NIGP consultants, development of an effective sales and marketing approach, in-depth consulting training for the program’s procurement subject matter experts, and partnerships with other consulting organizations that can provide supplemental expertise as needed.

“Periscope has achieved a considerable amount of success in maintaining the NIGP Code over the years, and we believe that this new concentration on the NIGP Consulting program will integrate well with our existing coding services, training programs, and inventory analysis and rationalization capabilities,” said Matt Walker, Periscope’s President of NIGP Code Services. “We truly value our partnership with NIGP and are thrilled to be broadening the scope of our work together.”

Rick Grimm, CEO of NIGP, is also looking forward to the transition of the consulting program to Periscope. “Periscope’s focus on the government sector, commitment to the success of public agencies and close alignment with NIGP’s core values makes them a unique and ideal partner for NIGP. Through their expertise, we believe we can broaden the reach of NIGP Consulting to more effectively meet the needs of procurement agencies at all levels of government and educational institutions.”

ABOUT PERISCOPE HOLDINGS, INC.

Periscope Holdings, Inc. (www.periscopeholdings.com) is a privately-held technology company headquartered in Austin, Texas.  Periscope works with public entities to achieve best practices in procurement through its comprehensive software solution BuySpeed and consulting services.

Periscope eradicates waste in procurement delivering time and money-saving results for more than 100,000 users in the United States and Canada.  BuySpeed customers include the states of Arizona, Maryland and New Jersey; the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Baltimore, New Orleans and Tucson; the counties of Harris and Knox as well as Virginia Beach Public Schools, Alaska Department of Transportation and the Chicago Housing Authority.

Periscope also holds the exclusive license to maintain, enhance and market the NIGP Commodity/Services Code on behalf of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. (www.nigp.org), and oversees management of the NIGP Consulting program.

ABOUT NIGP: THE INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC PROCUREMENT

NIGP (www.nigp.org) develops, supports and promotes the public procurement profession through premier educational and research programs, professional support, technical services and advocacy initiatives that benefit its members and constituents.

With over 2,600 member agencies representing over 16,000 professionals across the United States, Canada and countries outside of North America, the Institute is international in its reach.

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PERISCOPE CONTACT:

Brian Utley

Periscope Holdings, Inc.

512.472.9062 / FAX: 512.472.9504

brian@periscopeholdings.com

www.periscopeholdings.com

NIGP CONTACT:

Brent Maas

NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement

703.736.8900 x229 / FAX: 703-736-9639

bmaas@nigp.org

www.nigp.org


Growth Continues in 2012

Written by Matt Walker

Investment in the NIGP Code provides for its advancement and lays a foundation for stronger public procurement processes overall. We at Periscope Holdings are excited about both the progress made over the past year and the potential expansion opportunities ahead. This article provides an overview of activities conducted in 2012, including ongoing efforts and successes associated with the NIGP Code.

The NIGP Code remains a widely adopted classification taxonomy for state and local government procurement, and serves as a mechanism for managing master data – the vendors, inventory, and catalogs that are core to our public entities. The Code’s growth and success are fully dependent on the community of public purchasing professionals who utilize it. As we move forward, our attention will increasingly turn to leveraging the Code to help subscribers execute on strategic sourcing initiatives and empower greater transparency and decision-making.

Key accomplishments for 2012

New Users (31): Boise State University; Sioux Falls, S.D.; Denver Public Schools; Olathe Unified School District, Kan.; St. Paul, Minn.; Omnitrans (Calif.); Santa Fe, N.M.; Dayton, Ohio; Baton Rouge, La.; Black Sheep Ventures; Miramar, Fla; Aiken County, S.C.; Seminole Tribe of Florida; Boulder Valley School District (Colo.); Washoe County School District (Nev.); State of Illinois; Ukiah, Calif.; Boise, Idaho; Placer County Water Agency (Calif.); Smyrna, Ga.; Lewiston, Idaho; NEON, Inc.; Multnomah County, Ore.; Frederick County Public Schools (Md.); Yonkers, N.Y.; Kennesaw State University (Ga.); Miami Lakes, Fla.; Muskegon County, Mich.; Jupiter, Fla.; Ontario County, N.Y.; and Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewer District.

New Codes: We continue to work with the code users to add to the code base. The creation of new codes helps to ensure that the NIGP Code remains responsive to the demands of public procurement. In 2012, we added 16 five-digit items, 985 seven-digit groups, and 5,802 eleven-digit details to the overall code set.

Coding and Code-Related Services: The NIGP Code services team works with code users to convert from existing (legacy) code systems and inventory masters to the current NIGP Code, or to establish a standardized spend classification system for the first time. In some cases, the code users require ongoing assistance to establish codes for new goods and services. This coding work has resulted in enhanced visibility for inventory, improved classification and identification of vendors, and transparency in reporting for code users.

In 2012, we worked with the following entities to help manage their master data:

  • Baltimore County Public Schools – inventory management
  • City of Austin, Department of Public Works – construction project standardization and development of a “crosswalk” to CSI codes
  • Harford County Public Schools – inventory
  • City of Houston, inventory and spend management – QA of SAP master file
  • State of North Dakota, State Hospital – inventory conversion
  • State of Tennessee – punch-out interface from e-procurement system to the NIGP Code
  • State of Texas, Comptroller of Public Accounts – contracts management and inventory
  • State of Texas, Department of Transportation – inventory
  • State of Washington, Department of Corrections – inventory
  • State of Washington, Department of Transportation – inventory
  • State of Washington, Department of Social and Health Services – inventory.

Periscope Holdings will continue to be represented at key conferences, deliver conference seminars and training webinars for users of the NIGP Code to educate agencies on best practices related to the Code and master file management. We also conduct NIGP Code Boot Camps to develop implementation approaches and train endusers regarding the NIGP Code.

We look forward to continued success in 2013, and have plans for significant expansion of our NIGP Code-related activities. For more information on the NIGP Code, please visit www.nigp.com or contact us at any time.

Matt Walker is president of the NIGP Code Services at Periscope Holdings, the custodian of the NIGP Code on behalf of the NIGP. He welcomes feedback and ideas related to the Code. Contact him at mwalker@nigp.com.


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