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NIGP Code Replaces NAICS at Tampa International Airport

“NIGP Code helps Tampa International Airport streamline supplier registration and notifications – not to mention track our suppliers and spend better.”

-Connie Mundzak, CPPO, CPPB / Tampa International Airport / Sr. Manager, Procurement


NIGP Code Replaces NAICS for Better Supplier Registration & Tracking

Tampa International Airport moved from NAICS to NIGP Code when expanding their ePro system to include supplier self-registration.  Suppliers are now required to select an NIGP Code to have a registration completed. The Codes are then used to determine notifications to suppliers.

NIGP allows for improved reporting at Tampa International Airport, including information by supplier, PO number, PO description, PO amount, and commodity code. “We’re looking forward to expanding our data analytics and reporting thru the Code to gain even more information on supplier registrations and spend,” said Mundzak.

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Periscope Holdings, Inc. at NIGP Forum, August 1-5 in Kansas City, MO

The entire Periscope Holdings, Inc. team is excited about the upcoming NIGP Forum in Kansas City, Mo., August 1-5.

This year’s Forum is shaping up to be a great one! If you’re interested in learning more about eProcurement solutions to eradicate waste and maximize the value of every dollar spent, then please visit us at our booth. We will be in the Expo Hall, booth 612, on August 4 and 5.

We encourage you to make an appointment ahead of time. As you know, conferences are very frantic! Please contact Justin Cornett at jcornett@periscopeholdings.com (512-666-9394) to arrange a meeting with Periscope about eProcurement.

To best help you plan your NIGP Forum experience, here are a number of events you might find useful:

Sunday, August 2

Educational Session – Procurement Performance Transformation – An Organizational Progression Assessment

Where does your public procurement organization fall on the transformation progression spectrum?  As public procurement continues to evolve, so do public procurement organizations. This session explores the transformation progression of procurement organizations with the identification of practical procurement practices.  Additionally, each attendee has the opportunity to perform a self-assessment of their own organization to provide tactical and actionable actions for increased performance and transformation.

  • Jean Clark, FNIGP, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M., CPM, Director, Transformation Services, NIGP Consulting, Periscope Holdings, Austin, Texas

Monday, August 3

Conversations that Connect - NIGP Commodity/Services Code (NIGP Code)

Have you wondered how other organizations are using the NIGP Commodity/Services Code for enhanced procurement services?  Has your organization maximized the use of the NIGP Code in your procurement operations?  This session provides an open dialog with current NIGP Code users and potential users can gain information and ideas from fellow NIGP Code users.  Periscope Holdings, Inc., custodian of the NIGP Code on behalf of NIGP serves as the facilitators for this information sharing and idea generating session.

  • Jean Clark, FNIGP, CPPO, C.P.M., CPPB, CPM, Director, Procurement Transformation Services, Periscope Holdings, Inc.
  • Deborah K. Hail, Manager, NIGP Code Services, Periscope Holdings, Inc.

Business Council Meeting

The mission of the Business Council is to… Serve the NIGP membership and procurement profession through the sharing of resources and expertise in support of NIGP’s educational, research and advocacy mission. In essence, the Business Council connects the supplier’s perspective with the public procurement community and is dedicated to improving the buyer/supplier relationship.

  • Matt Walker, President of NIGP Code & Consulting Services
  • Ken McFarland, VP Solutions and Field Operations

NIGP Consulting Program Meeting/Training

This session provides an opportunity for current NIGP Consultants to gather and discuss the current status and future direction of the program. Additional meeting content will include a focus on lessons-learned and current trends in human capital.

  • Matt Walker, President of NIGP Code & Consulting Services
  • Jean Clark, FNIGP, CPPO, C.P.M., CPM, Director, Procurement Transformation Services

Educational Session – The Healthy Agency-Supplier Relationship Guide Session 1 of 2: Focus on Stage 1: Non-Contract Supplier Interactions

Join members of the NIGP Business Council and leading procurement practitioners as they discuss the Council’s latest white paper, The Healthy Agency-Supplier Relationship Guide. This year’s paper focuses on three stages of supplier relationships: Non-Contract Supplier Interactions; Bid Interactions; and Contract Holder Relations. Join the conversation: What does “better communication” look like? What specific types of activities or exchanges could we potentially engage in? What might be the benefits of these purposeful activities?

  • NIGP Business Council Members; Periscope Holdings; Matt Walker, President NIGP Code & Consulting Services

Tuesday, August 4

Educational Session – The Healthy Agency-Supplier Relationship Guide – Session 2 of 2: Focus on Stages 2 & 3: Bid Interactions and Contract Holder Relations

Join members of the NIGP Business Council and leading procurement practitioners as they discuss the Council’s latest white paper, The Healthy Agency-Supplier Relationship Guide. This year’s paper focuses on three stages of supplier relationships: Non-Contract Supplier Interactions; Bud Interactions; and Contract Holder Relations. Join the conversation: What does “better communication” look like? What specific types of activities or exchanges could we potentially engage in? What might be the benefits of these purposeful activities?

  • NIGP Business Council Members; Periscope Holdings; Matt Walker, President NIGP Code & Consulting Services

Products Exposition – Booth 612 – 2:30pm – 6pm

Expo Education Session – Purpose-Based Procurement

Public procurement continually strives for new ways to communicate its value. A proven business strategy for Southwest Airlines and BMW has been a “purpose-based” approach to business, meaning “a definitive statement about the difference you are trying to make in the world.” This conversation will explore how this successful business strategy can be strategically deployed in every public procurement organization to catapult its level of importance, effectiveness, and value.

  • Ken McFarland, VP of Solutions and Field Operations
  • Matt Walker, President NIGP Code & Consulting Services

Wednesday, August 5

NIGP Commodity/Services Code Update Committee Meeting

This meeting will provide an opportunity for participants of the NIGP Code Update Committee to hear a report on the status of the project, next steps and the impact their involvement has provided in the continuous advancement of the NIGP Code.

  • Jean Clark, FNIGP, CPPO, C.P.M., CPPB, CPM, Director, Procurement Transformation Services, Periscope Holdings, Inc.
  • Deborah K. Hail, Manager, NIGP Code Services, Periscope Holdings, Inc.

Products Exposition – Booth 612 – 9am to 1pm

Expo Education Session -Strategic Procurement Improvement Strategies

Implementing improvements and “purpose-based” procurement in any organization requires understanding of the current procurement environment and the value of transformation.  This discussion will explore “tips of the trade” for various improvement strategies including; communications with IT and Finance, development of a return on investment and business case – exploration of the practical tools and metrics that can be used to communicate procurement’s value.

  • Matt Walker, President NIGP Code & Consulting Services
  • Ken McFarland, VP of Solutions and Field Operations


New Report Proves Benefits of eProcurement Include Increased Efficiency, Decreased Waste

The National Association of State Chief Administrators (NASCA) and the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) jointly released a report featuring case studies developed by Leadership for a Networked World on state government shared services and e-procurement - Pathways to Value: Shared Services and E-Procurement.

The report identifies the benefits of eProcurement including: “improving organizational efficiency through insights on contracts and costs, improving strategic sourcing and leveraging buying power, and improving transparency”.  The most significant barriers identified included: “integration with other systems, preparing the organizational culture, and workforce training and preparation”.

Understanding these benefits assists in advocating the benefits of eProcurement solutions by procurement professionals and understanding the barriers assists procurement officials in assessing their organization’s potential barriers for development and deployment of sound strategies for ensured success.


Why Market Research is Critical to the Public Procurement Process

A Moore Business article, dated March 27, 2009; titled Why is Market Research Useful?  The Importance of Market Researchdefines marketing as a process that is intended to find, satisfy and retain customers while business makes a profit. But central to all these definitions is the role of the customer and his relationship to the product (i.e. whether he considers the product or service to meet a need or want).” This business purpose and basis supports the requirement for market research as a key management tool for informed decision-making in a proactive approach.

In public procurement, the need for market research has a different driver than generation of a business profit.  Although, the importance of the conduct of market research in the development of competitive procurements is just as critical.  Without proper knowledge of the available competitive market or its supply chain delivery methods – How can the best sourcing approach be achieved for public procurement’s customers?  Many times, customers believe that because “government” wants something the market can and should deliver – however, the cost of such an approach should be evaluated.  It’s public procurement officers’ responsibility as stewards of the public funds to ensure achievement of the customer needs while balancing the available competition in the marketplace, which can only be achieved through quality market research.


Where Does Innovation Fit In to Public Procurement?

Michael Thornton, Purchasing Manager from the City of Leesburg, VA, recently wrote about Innovation in Public Procurement at NIGP NSites.

Michael states that innovation is not a word usually paired with public procurement.  He furthers discovers that as a procurement leader he has asked the key questions of:  What do we do? Why do we do it? Is there a better way?  In asking the questions, the desired outcome is to determine how as an organization we can “buy better to deliver better.”

This adage can speak volumes if answered and acted upon. Innovation directly supports purpose-based procurement and transformation.

In support of Michael’s insights, has your organization asked the question lately?  If so, what was the answer and is a plan in place to address the innovation question?


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