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Upcoming Deadlines for Evolve ‘14!

Register now for Evolve ‘14 to take advantage of reduced pricing for a limited time! Both the $385 Early Bird Registration rate and the $108 per night Hyatt Regency Lost Pines discounted room rate will end on Friday, March 21, 2014. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to join other procurement industry professionals in learning ways to transform processes into strategic practices that eradicate waste and maximize value in the public sector.

*Click here to register for Evolve ‘14.

*Click here to book your reservation at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines.

For more information, please contact Kara Siepierski at ksiepierski@periscopeholdings.com or 512-666-9381.

Leading Procurement Practitioner Takes on New Role in NIGP Consulting Program

Austin, TX, February 27, 2014 – Matt Walker, President of NIGP Code and NIGP Consulting Services, announced today that Jean Clark, FNIGP, CPPO, C.P.M., CPPB, CPM, will join NIGP Consulting as its Director of Procurement Transformation Services, effective March 5, 2014.

Clark has been brought on to assume the responsibilities of coordinating, managing, and further expanding the NIGP Consulting program and finding additional avenues to promote its services to public procurement entities. Additionally, she will oversee consultant development and evaluation, quality assurance, and financial management of the program, while participating in project preparation, consultant assignment, and marketing efforts.

“My ongoing mission as a procurement professional is to assist public sector organizations in achieving enhanced efficiency and transparency through procurement operations,” said Clark. “I look forward to continuing fulfillment of this objective through my relationship with NIGP, and I’m thrilled to join the consulting team and have this opportunity to strengthen the program and maximize the effectiveness of its services.”

Clark holds over 30 years of experience in state and local government procurement. Her extensive background covers a broad spectrum of procurement reform services, including inventory management, system automation and implementation, project management, policies and procedures, organizational dynamics, strategic planning, and staff development and leadership. She served as the Chief Procurement Officer at the Arizona State Procurement Office for 10 years before retiring in early 2014.

Other career highlights include a current position as Treasurer of the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council. In 2012, Clark was named Government Public Policy Leader of the Year by the Arizona Capitol Times and earned NIGP’s premier honor to receive the Albert H. Hall Award. Clark was further recognized for her agency’s transformation of procurement practices, garnering the 2011 NIGP Innovation Award for her hard work and support in revolutionizing procurement. Her procurement leadership is further reflected through her former positions as President of the NIGP Board of Directors and President of the National Electronic Commerce Council Board of Directors.

“We at NIGP Consulting understand the unique challenges faced by public entities and are passionate about improving processes and driving cost savings through procurement transformation,” said Walker. “I am confident that having Jean Clark in this new role will play an integral part in achieving the continued growth of this program. She is a true leader in the industry, and we are excited and lucky to have her join us.”


The NIGP Consulting Program (www.nigp.com) is proven to align business practices to achieve maximum efficiency and effectiveness of procurement operations in the public sector. It provides knowledgeable consulting on procurement strategy, organizational structure and issues, relevant benchmarking, process reviews, and best practices identification. Services include procurement reviews, business process reviews, strategic planning, policy review and development, and organizational/resource assessments.

The program offers an unparalleled level of expertise in the procurement industry. All consultants are certified public procurement professionals and possess an abundance of knowledge and leadership experience through direct roles in procurement. Key NIGP Consulting offerings include reviews and recommendations around: Enabling legislation, organization and staffing, management reporting and forecasting, interdepartmental relationships, benchmarking and best practices, performance evaluation, purchasing policies and procedures, records management, purchasing system/technology preparedness, and project management.

NIGP Consulting clients include the State of Arkansas, the cities of San Antonio, Palo Alto, and North Miami Beach, the counties of Sarasota, Milwaukee, and Lee, the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority, and the Austin Independent School District.

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Evolve ‘14 Agenda Topics Announced – Register Now!

Join us April 21-23, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines near Austin, TX as we discuss valuable solutions for evolving processes to maximize efficiency and increase savings! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to collaborate with other industry professionals nationwide to help shape the future of procurement! The agenda for Evolve ’14 will feature beneficial sessions and best practice training presented by knowledgeable speakers and established public sector leaders. Former Governor of Pennsylvania Edward Rendell will deliver a powerful keynote presentation to kick off the event. Sponsorship opportunities are available for companies interested in exhibiting their products and services at a two-day partner expo during the conference. Certificates for continuing education credits will also be provided to those who attend.

Key topics include:

  • Future State – Strategic Sourcing 2.0
  • Procurement Transformation with eProcurement
  • Procurement Intelligence 1.0 – NIGP Code-Based Business Intelligence and Comparative Spend Analytics
  • Procurement Revolution – Process Improvement and Master Data Management
  • Data-Driven Approach to Improving Opportunities for Small Businesses
  • Give New Life to Your Legacy Systems
  • A CPPO Refresher – Let’s Play Jeopardy!
  • BuySpeed University
  • NIGP Code Training

Register now at evolve.periscopeholdings.com to receive the discounted Early Bird rate! The Hyatt Regency Lost Pines is offering rooms at an affordable $108 per night. Please click here to make your reservation online.

*Both Early Bird Registration and the reduced hotel reservation rate will expire on Friday, March 21, 2014.

For questions regarding Evolve ’14 or to request sponsorship information, please contact Christi Becker at 512-666-9422 or cbecker@periscopeholdings.com.

Enhancing Efficiency and Transparency in the Public Sector: How Periscope’s Valuable Solutions Deliver Proven Results

A recent report was published by a global consulting firm regarding how governments are making positive strides in better managing the various challenges met in the public sector and in enhancing transparency to gain public trust, despite heavy debt loads and budget constraints. The analysis indicates that governments are able to achieve these objectives and successfully do more with less by adopting such practices including increasing their use of accessible data, connecting with citizens for valuable input and feedback, advancing their knowledge base, and working with other sectors to improve procurement processes. This approach focuses on the four aforementioned concepts and encourages public sector leaders to think more logically and leave behind legacy processes that are no longer effective. Periscope Holdings applauds the report and is a firm believer in these practices, offering essential procurement solutions and services that are designed for the public sector and align perfectly with the highlighted recommendations.

Increasing Use of Data and Analytics

Data tracking and analysis capabilities facilitate informed decision making and lead to more accurate results in measuring the efficiency and effectiveness of operations. The report recommends gathering detailed performance statistics, applying benchmarking techniques, and using relevant data to promote government initiatives. Periscope’s e-procurement solution BuySpeed incorporates key procurement performance metrics and best practices from our clients to further develop our industry-leading suite of management dashboards and reports powered by BuySpeed’s Business Intelligence (BI) module. The State of Arizona implemented the BI framework to monitor performance and track spend and has since experienced a 26% reduction in costs toward various commodities and services. Further, the company works with state and local government entities to aid in master data cleanup for a more standardized format, rationalized inventory, and visibility of spend, and to deliver benchmarking analysis through its NIGP Consulting Program. The team is currently working with the State of Arkansas to conduct a material master data cleanse, which is expected to improve reporting capabilities, reduce inventory and carrying costs, increase vendor participation, and provide a highly structured, industry-standard classification system.

Connecting with Citizens for Input and Feedback

The movement toward citizen involvement is growing, and more governments are relying on the public for input on the design and development of services, in order to not only better meet their expectations but also to transfer some level of accountability. Additionally, they are improving productivity and further encouraging citizen participation by boosting transparency of data through technology. BuySpeed Sourcing and eProcurement software transforms the public procurement and competitive solicitation process by providing a one-stop-shop for viewing bids, solicitations, vendor responses, contracts, and more. BuySpeed’s vendor management functionality empowers private enterprises and ensures that primary suppliers of products and services to our state and local governments are sharing the administrative load associated with a fair and competitive procurement process. Further, this capability allows vendors to easily register for free, download bid notices and respond to bids online. The City of Baltimore more than tripled its vendor registrations, from 3,000 to nearly 10,000, after a successful launch of BuySpeed in 2007.

Advancing the Knowledge Base

This report points out that gathering well-trained employees who are driven by a purpose is absolutely essential in the strategic success of public sector programs. Procurement staff assessment, including the areas of knowledge, skills, experience, and workload management, is a primary component of many of the procurement reviews designed by Periscope’s NIGP Consulting services. Additionally through the efforts of the NIGP Consulting Program, we strive to advance the overall competency level of our public purchasing clients, assist them in achieving and maintaining necessary certifications, and assess staff skill sets relative to best practices in the industry. We work with our clients to leverage valuable educational resources that are available to them, such as those through the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP). Upon entering a project with the NIGP Consulting team, the County of Sarasota raised staff credentials with over 1,000 training hours logged within a 12-month period and members earning advanced certifications, such as CPPB, CPPO, CPM, and FCCM. Employing individuals who possess thorough backgrounds and advanced knowledge and skills is yet another way governments are able to gain greater productivity and do more with less.

Improving Procurement Processes

This overarching approach to government reform highlights the need for governments to improve the procurement of products and services and reduce costs. At Periscope Holdings, this is the foundation on which we have built our sole purpose. Our company focus is to eradicate waste and maximize value the value of every dollar spent, and we work every day to ensure that the tools and services we provide fulfill this mission for each and every one of our clients. The BuySpeed solution streamlines processes, decreases expenditures, and creates transparency to drive significant savings and ensures close collaboration with suppliers and vendors throughout the entire procure-to-pay process. Periscope is currently developing new offerings that will allow even greater visibility to and analysis of products and services that governments are purchasing collectively – qualities that will further assist public entities in making meaningful benchmark comparisons while also empowering a market-focused supplier community to be responsive to government needs.

The public sector has the opportunity to benefit from increasing their use of data, connecting with citizens for input and feedback, advancing their knowledge base, and improving procurement processes by first being willing to make a change. Governments should step up and implement creative solutions that will generate savings and raise efficiencies. Procurement transformation encompassing these four practices is a valuable investment and a crucial step to creating a more effective and manageable organization. Periscope takes pride in offering unique, purpose-built functionality and useful services that are proven to bring about procurement success.

What You Need to Know about Evolve ‘14

The time has come for Periscope’s 3rd annual Evolve conference in Austin, and it’s getting bigger and better every year! Join us April 21-23, 2014 as we bring together public sector procurement professionals nationwide to discuss the latest trends and obstacles in the industry and the future of procurement in 2014 and beyond!

KEY THEME. Productive networking and education on innovative ways to eradicate waste, maximize value, and drive savings in the public sector through procurement automation.

GREAT EVENT, GREAT LOCATION. The Evolve conference has grown significantly over the years, with a doubling attendance rate and an impressive agenda full of valuable takeaways. Evolve ‘14 will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines just outside of Austin. The hotel boasts comfortable guest rooms, vast meeting spaces, dining, and activities all in one convenient location.

HIGH-CALIBER KEYNOTE SPEAKERS. Former Governor of Pennsylvania Edward Rendell will join us to deliver a compelling keynote presentation on how he promoted strategic cost cutting and drove procurement savings, among many other achievements, throughout his eight-year leadership. Past speakers have include top names, like Roy Spence, chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Austin advertising agency GSD&M, and Gilbert Tuhabonye, Olympic runner, author, and motivational speaker.

THOUGHT-PROVOKING SESSIONS. Backed by a purpose-driven approach, Periscope is determined to provide education on relevant solutions and strategies necessary for achieving procurement success. The Evolve ‘14 agenda will also include exciting news on product launches and updates and provide the opportunity for attendees to engage in dialogue with respected procurement leaders via panel discussions and learn real-life examples of procurement transformation.

BEST PRACTICE TRAINING. There will be plenty of opportunities to participate in in-depth breakout training sessions to gain further understanding of the ins and outs of powerful procurement tools, like the NIGP Code and Periscope’s top-rated software BuySpeed, via interactive live applications and product demos, and learn more ways to get the most out of these solutions. The Evolve conference additionally offers certification exam preparation and continuing education credits.

HUGE PUBLIC SECTOR FOLLOWING. Evolve attendees typically include chief procurement officers, certified purchasers and procurement directors, and IT and finance professionals from state and local government agencies, school systems, special districts, and higher education entities.

AFFORDABLE COMMITMENT. Early Bird Registration is currently available for $385. The Hyatt Regency Lost Pines is offering a discounted rate of $108 per night. We’ll provide meals, beverages, and activities.

*To take advantage of Early Bird pricing for a limited time, register now at evolve.periscopeholdings.com/registration.

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