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NASPO’s Newly Released Practice Guide for State and Local Government

NASPO’s newly released Practice Guide for State and Local Government includes a new chapter on eProcurement systems in state government. In reading the text, it references the point that the implementation of eProcurement systems involves classic change management challenges. It further notes that the implementation of Arizona’s Procure AZ (powered by BuySpeed) and supported by Periscope Holdings “is one of the most recent successful implementations”. Arizona identified an urgent need for change with a $1.4 billion budget deficit and a strategy to transform procurement with an eProcurement initiative. “Key performance metrics were developed prior to implementation and post go-live to clearly communicate the operational benefits ranging from reduced costs averaging 26% to reduced cycle times for key processes – requisition processing was 42.5% less time, purchase order/contract processing was 46% less time, and open marketing, one-time buy cycle time was 34% less time.” With public procurement being half policy and half process – improvement requires the strategic execution of procurement technology to support the limited available personnel resources to remain efficient and cost effective in these demanding times.

Inclusive eProcurement

In the latest issue of Public CIO, there’s a powerful research report from The Center for Digital Government entitled “Next-Generation Government.” The report includes a section about “Personalizing the Web to Empower Citizens and Businesses.” This is something we’re very passionate about at Periscope. After all, our BuySpeed eProcurement solution was built to empower businesses to sell their products and services to government agencies.

One of the recommendations in the Center for Digital Government Report is to “design for inclusion.” Federal agencies, as well as organizations that receive federal funding, must comply with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which requires them to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with physical, sensory, or cognitive disabilities by providing accessibility alternatives and ensuring compatibility with common assistive technologies. This is a requirement that Periscope takes very seriously, and we work hard to ensure that our BuySpeed eProcurement solution meets the accessibility needs of all users.

At Periscope, we know that Section 508 compliance is a non-negotiable. Purpose-based procurement means procurement that is inclusive. We are committed to transforming public procurement with a focus on inclusivity and accessibility because we understand the needs and requirements of the public sector.

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Sustainable Procurement Series: How Periscope’s Purpose Intersects with Sustainable Procurement

Today we are excited to share the second post in our Sustainable Procurement Series for public sector and higher education procurement professionals. We are exploring sustainable procurement, why it matters, how Periscope’s purpose intersects with it, examples of sustainable procurement in action, and a call to action. Come back each Friday for the next 2 weeks to read the next installment in this series. Click here to read the first post in this series.

Today’s post explores how Periscope’s purpose intersects with sustainable procurement.

  • Periscope’s purpose is to eradicate waste and maximize the value of every dollar spent. Everything we do is focused on making public and higher education procurement better – whether through software, procurement transformation services (NIGP Consulting), or categorizing and organizing data (NIGP Commodity Code).
  • We enable our public sector and higher education clients to eradicate waste so that they can devote as many of their precious dollars to achieve their purpose and assert the values of the constituents and communities they serve. Increasingly, these values include sustainability – in what’s bought, in what’s built, and in what’s delivered.
  • We help clients go paperless. Implementing our BuySpeed eProcurement Solution saves trees; our customers dramatically reduce their use of paper, as their paper-based procurement systems are automated and conducted electronically.
  • We enable extremely flexible, robust reporting, helping our clients to know how their procurement operations are supporting their specific sustainability efforts. Through the commodity code, our clients can isolate green products and services for classification, reporting, and supplier identification.
  • In recent years, the NIGP Code has gone green by classifying items that fit sustainable procurement and providing a tool for reporting on green spend.  The Code now identifies “environmentally certified” products, which have been set up as a green counterpart of standard classes. There is a set of 10 initial Class Code selections that cover everything from computer accessories to janitorial supplies to paper products.  This initial set of codes was determined by a Green Code Committee that was made up of representatives from states, cities, counties, schools, and Green Seal. Code subscribers are currently utilizing the codes in their reporting of Sustainable Procurement and/or Environmentally Preferable Purchasing initiatives.

Be sure to come back next week for the next post in our Sustainable Procurement Series! We would love to hear your perspective on sustainable procurement and how your organization is focusing on sustainability in its procurement operations.

Don’t Miss These NIGP Forum Sessions!

The National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) will be holding its annual Forum in Philadelphia on August 23-27, 2014, which is right around the corner!

As you prepare to attend Forum, Periscope would like to draw your attention to some of the powerful educational sessions that will be offered during the conference.

*HINT: Mouse over the links below to see a description of each workshop.*

Please mark your calendar for these valuable sessions and stop by the Periscope Holdings Booth #506 or the NIGP Services Pavilion #501 during the Products Expo. We look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia in a few short weeks!

Congratulations to the 2014 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award Recipients!

Periscope congratulates our customers who have been awarded the prestigious Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award (AEP) for 2014 from the National Procurement Institute (NPI). The AEP Award is earned by public and non-profit organizations based on their Innovation, Professionalism, E-Procurement, Productivity, and Leadership.

This program encourages the development of excellence as well as continued organizational improvement in procurement. Congratulations to the following Periscope customers for their recognition as 2014 AEP Honorees:

• Arizona Department of Administration
• City of Chandler, Arizona
• City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida
• City of Huntsville, Texas
• City of Tucson, Arizona
• Harris County, Texas
• Kern County, California
• San Bernardino County, California
• Sonoma County, California
• Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Click here for the full list of 2014 AEP Award recipients.

In addition to NPI, the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award is sponsored by the California Association of Public Procurement Officials (CAPPO), Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials (FAPPO), the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement, the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO), the National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP), the Texas Public Purchasing Association (TxPPA), and The Canadian Public Procurement Council/Conseil canadien des marchés publics (CPPC-CCMP).

Congratulations to all the honorees from Periscope Holdings!

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