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Periscope Awarded Contract with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Austin, TX, July 15, 2013 – Austin-based Periscope Holdings, Inc. is proud to announce that it has gained a contract with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to implement BuySpeed, its single web-based procurement solution. The agreement was formed to fulfill the state’s objective of enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of executive department purchasing, as highlighted in Executive Order No. 533.

In the midst of economic stress, Governor Deval Patrick determined an integrated set of initiatives, beginning with internal reorganization of the Operational Services Division and formation of Secretariat chief procurement officers to the adoption of best business practices and gathering of cost savings. These steps were made in preparation for acquisition of an eProcurement system, which he anticipates will significantly transform and create widespread value among the state’s procurement processes, alleviate budget pressures, and contribute to its overall growth strategy.

Governor Patrick views this transition to technology as a vital step toward what he envisions as achieving procurement excellence. “We at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts must be able to eliminate the use of paper, streamline our processes, capture procurement data, and enhance public transparency to increase accountability and discover opportunities for additional savings,” he said. “Periscope’s best-of-breed approach proved to be the tool best suited for meeting our end-to-end procurement needs.”

Periscope was awarded the contract, because of the company’s dedication to its unique, purpose-driven approach, its ability to provide substantial solutions that address the challenges indicated and satisfy each essential set of criteria, and the integrity maintained behind its response to the RFP. Further, its system adds the value sought by the Commonwealth leadership by providing one flexible, centralized platform that is user-friendly and can be deployed in a timely manner.

Utilizing one code base and one user interface, BuySpeed is expected to raise efficiency and save the state money by reducing duplication of effort, boosting visibility in procurement spend patterns, eliminating data accuracy issues, and enabling users to identify contract gaps and reduce “maverick” spend. Additionally, through BuySpeed’s functionality, counties, cities, school districts, universities, and special districts are granted access to Massachusetts’ negotiated contracts and are able to use the eProcurement system to manage their local procurement processes, thus driving savings across the state.

“We are very excited to work with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and continue our history of success in helping customers eradicate waste and maximize value,” said Periscope’s President and CEO, Brian Utley. “The BuySpeed solution offers a robust set of capabilities that we believe align perfectly with the state’s vision and goals, and I would like to thank Massachusetts for selecting Periscope for this project.”


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, Massachusetts, Michigan, 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.

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Registration Open for Evolve ‘14

Early Bird Registration is now open for Evolve ‘14, Periscope’s annual thought leadership procurement conference! Evolve ‘14 provides an opportunity for public procurement professionals to network with others in the industry, attend best practice training sessions, learn how to get the most out of eProcurement, and more! The conference will take place April 21-23, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines, located just outside of Austin. Keynote speaker information and conference agenda will be provided soon. Come find out how with a purpose driven approach you can take your ordinary procurement processes and transition into strategic practices that eradicate waste and maximize the value of every dollar spent. To take advantage of the Early Bird rate or view the latest details on Evolve ‘14, please visit evolve.periscopeholdings.com.

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