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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.

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!

10 Reasons to Attend NIGP Forum

Follow the conversation leading up to Forum on Twitter: #NIGPFORUM2014

Visit Periscope in Booth #506 at NIGP Forum! You will also find us in the NIGP Services Pavilion (Booth #501) at the NIGP Code and NIGP Consulting pods. Get all of the details about NIGP Forum here. See you in Philadelphia!

Periscope Featured in New Issue of Government Procurement Magazine

The new issue of Government Procurement Magazine is online now – find it here! This is the special NIGP Forum issue that previews the 69th Annual Conference and Product Expo that takes place next month in Philadelphia. Periscope is prominently featured in this issue with a Hot Topics article entitled “Purpose-Based Procurement: Do You Know Your Real Purpose?” by Periscope President and CEO, Brian Utley, on pages 10-11.

Periscope is also listed on page 27 as a Forum Products Expo Legacy Exhibitor — Periscope is the only company that has been exhibiting at NIGP Forum for 20+ years!

We hope to see you at Forum, which begins one month from today! You’ll find Periscope in Booth #506, and you’ll also find friendly Periscope faces in the NIGP Services Pavilion (Booth #501) at the NIGP Code and NIGP Consulting pods. You can learn more about NIGP Forum and register here. Let the countdown begin – one month until NIGP Forum 2014!

NIGP Code Identifies “Environmentally Certified” Products

Did you know that the NIGP Commodity and Services Code is the most widely used commodity/services code in the public sector and is utilized by 1400 governmental entities, including 30 states?

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. You can read about the State of Maryland’s innovative Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) initiative here.

Today the Periscope Team is proud to be at the Maryland Green Purchasing Committee’s Summer Conference in Linthicum Heights, MD, a conference and expo for public purchasers.

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