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City of Austin to Co-Present Code-Related Session at Forum

Attend the “Coding for Construction Projects” session at the 2013 NIGP Forum to find out how the City of Austin’s Purchasing Department is facilitating communication across Public Works and Vendor Management and learn how the NIGP Code was leveraged in this Public Works/Construction case study. Shawn Willett, CPPO, the City of Austin’s Business Process Consultant Senior, will be presenting with Matt Walker, Periscope Holdings’ President of NIGP Code & Consulting Services, on Sunday, August 25, at 10:30am.


Periscope Dominates Public Procurement Players with Multiple State Wins

Austin, TX, August 7, 2013 – Periscope Holdings, Inc. is taking the public procurement industry by storm. The Austin-based company conquered several large corporations during its streak of success in winning contracts with multiple state governments to implement BuySpeed, its web-based, source-to-pay software suite. Periscope is proud of its recent victories and is excited to have the opportunity to continue carrying its purpose nationwide and helping public sector entities build more efficient procurement processes.

The State of Michigan awarded a contract to Periscope to drive savings across the state by enhancing transparency and establishing cooperative purchasing. Phase One of the Buy4Michigan implementation was successfully launched on May 29. Periscope signed a contract with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in May to increase the effectiveness of its procurement operations. Design and development stages of the first phase of the project are currently underway. In June, Periscope signed a contract with the State of New Jersey and has begun a project with the state to implement the top-rated BuySpeed solution.

All of these states went through exhaustive formal solicitation and evaluation processes. Periscope is thrilled that these states selected Periscope and joined BuySpeed clients, like the states of Arizona and Maryland, to improve the way they do business and streamline their processes to increase visibility, boost productivity, and significantly reduce costs. “Procurement transformation is not just about standing up an online catalog with an Amazon-like shopping experience,” said Brian Utley, Periscope’s President and CEO. “It’s about driving all spend, agencies and locals, commodities and services, through one system and helping our state clients eradicate waste and maximize the value of every dollar spent. That is our purpose, our singular focus.”

“We participated in highly competitive, formal RFP and RFR processes for each of these contracts. We competed with some of the largest integrators and software companies in the world, and I could not be prouder of the Periscope team for the hard work and dedication put forth to make these wins happen,” Utley added. “Periscope is a great company, and we look forward to driving value for customers with our purpose-driven approach for many years to come.”

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, Massachusetts, Michigan, and New Jersey; the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Baltimore, New Orleans and Tucson; the counties of Harris, Knox, and San Bernardino, as well as Virginia Beach Public Schools, Alaska Department of Transportation and the Washington Convention Center and Sports 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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Periscope’s Participation in the 68th Annual NIGP Forum

Members of the Periscope team are looking forward to attending the 2013 NIGP Forum this month! The annual conference, which takes place August 24-28 in Orlando, FL, focuses on educating procurement professionals through sessions on best practices, industry topics, and skill building, and provides the opportunity to network with other professionals in the public sector and interact with suppliers about products and services at a two-day exposition.

As a continuing partner of the NIGP and member of the NIGP Business Council, Periscope will have a strong presence at this year’s event, leading two educational sessions and a panel discussion, participating in an additional panel discussion, and serving as an exhibitor with two booths – one for Periscope’s eProcurement solution BuySpeed and another for its NIGP Code and Consulting-related services.

If you plan to attend Forum, come to the vendor expo and visit us at Periscope booth #815 and NIGP booth #801. You can also find Periscope at the following educational sessions:

Coding for Construction Projects

Sunday, August 25 – 10:30am

Construction projects are never simple. If you have done one, you already have learned a great deal. If you are just beginning, it is important to find ways that will enable standardization for the next time project. The Code can make a difference. The City of Austin uses the code and will share how it made a difference for them. Take the time to figure how the Code will fit into your next “big deal”.

Transformation and Consulting – Raising the Bar on Success

Sunday, August 25 – 1:30pm

If you are looking to transform your procurement function to a strategic and high performing member of your organization’s management team, this session is for you!  Get a first-hand glimpse into recent projects conducted by the NIGP Consulting Program, hear results from client organizations and learn about new things being planned. This is your chance to ask questions of those who have benefited from the process and the seasoned consultants who will share lessons learned from the field.  Periscope is more than the NIGP Commodity Code; it’s your ace-in-the-hole and your consulting partner.

We No Bid and I’ll Tell You Why

Sunday, August 25 – 3:15pm

A company’s quality response to the bidding process says as much about the agency issuing the RFP/IFB (Request for Proposal/Invitation for Bids) as it does the supplier. If companies choose not to bid, is your agency and your constituents getting the best products and value? Join the NIGP Business Council as they present this engaging, thought-provoking, and enlightening topic through the combination of a presentation and round-table discussion.

eProcurement of Tomorrow

Tuesday, August 27 – 1:45pm

The Market has changed!  Rotary dials to mobile touch screens, fax machines to e-mail, checks to ATM cards, why would your procurement system be any different? eProcurement has become more refined over the years. It’s time to start leveraging the latest technology to get the most value for you and your end users.


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