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  • State Central Procurement Officials Rank Priorities for 2020

    State Central Procurement Officials Rank Priorities for 2020

    Based on input from state CPOs, the 2020 Top 10 Priorities for State Procurement reflect core procurement issues nationwide. Leading Procurement Strategy Statewide is the front-runner for the new year, holding steady among the most important topics for the past six years.  Providing leadership for statewide planning, policy setting, centralized oversight and data-gathering and analysis will be front and center for state central procurement leaders. Ranking 2nd this year, Maximizing Statewide eProcurement Utilization and Functionality saw a jump from 2019’s 4th place. Last year’s front-runner, Responsive Services to Agency Stakeholders takes 3rd place for the 2020 list of priorities. For more information, please contact Rebecca Montano-Smith DOWNLOAD
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  • Sole Source Procurement

    Sole Source Procurement

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  • NASPO releases 2019 Top Ten Priorities for State Procurement & Top Five Horizon Issues

    NASPO releases 2019 Top Ten Priorities for State Procurement & Top Five Horizon Issues

    The two lists Top 10 Priorities and Top 5 Horizon Issues for State Procurement reflect current nationwide priorities as well as forward-looking issues that are likely to impact state procurement. The 2019 priority list debuts three front-runners: Agency Relations and Customer Service, Continuous Improvement Methodologies and Contract Administration. Maximizing eProcurement solutions ranked fourth and measuring procurement success ranked fifth holding steady among the top five priorities for four running years. Utilizing business intelligence tools and advanced analytics to improve decision making for state procurement has been recognized as a top horizon issue for two running years. Two new items have made their debut as the 2nd and 3rd horizon issues in 2019: Shared and Collaborative IT Services across the Enterprise and Moving from Supply Chain to Value Chain. IT procurement innovation and procuring emerging technologies continues to be front and center for states in 2019, as reflected by the IT-heavy list of horizon issues ranked collectively by CPOs for the past two years. Click HERE to review the complete lists of top 10 Priorities and 5 Horizon Issues for 2019. For more information, please contact Rebecca Montano-Smith.
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  • Modular Procurement: A Primer

    Modular Procurement: A Primer

    Modular procurement methods can help state procurement officials achieve simplicity in the most complicated procurements, breaking down projects into manageable stages and helping to ensure that the end-product is one that solves problems and improves the services provided by state government. This research brief provides an introduction to modular procurement, exploring the different philosophies and implementation methods (including Agile procurement), examining the advantages and disadvantages of the approach, and discussing the cultural and structural changes a procurement office should consider when making the switch to modular procurement.
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  • NASPO releases 2018 Top Ten Priorities for State Procurement & Companion list of Top Three Horizon Issues

    NASPO releases 2018 Top Ten Priorities for State Procurement & Companion list of Top Three Horizon Issues

    Based on a ranking from state CPOs, the Top Ten Priorities for State Procurement reflect core procurement issues important nationwide. For the first time this year, the Top Three Horizon Issues was added, as a list of top emerging issues, based on CPO input due to their potential impact on state procurement in 2018. NASPO develops programs, conference sessions, research and publications around these state procurement priorities and horizon issues. State CPOs recognized the strategic role of state central procurement as their number one priority for two consecutive years. Undertaking IT procurement transformation in 2018 is NASPO’s second priority, a significant jump from 7th place for this priority last year. Measuring success and performance metrics ranked third. This has consistently been recognized among the top four important issues for state central procurement in the past four years. Additionally, staying on top of IT procurement and emerging technologies, automation and data analytics is critical in 2018 and the near future, as reflected by the IT-focused horizon issues ranked collectively by CPOs. You can download the complete Top Ten Priorities and Top Three Horizon Issues lists HERE. For more information, please contact Rebecca Montano-Smith.
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  • Tech Next: Leasing vs. Owning Hardware and Software

    Tech Next: Leasing vs. Owning Hardware and Software

    To Buy or to Lease? That is the question NASPO is exploring in our newest edition of the Tech Next series! In this publication, we explore the options available when it comes to leasing or buying hardware and software, discuss the benefits and challenges that come with both methods of IT procurement, and provide additional resources for further consideration and continued reading on this emerging topic. While there are many factors to consider when determining which model is best, NASPO’s Tech Next: Leasing vs. Owning Hardware and Software publication can help guide you through the process.
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  • NASPO Partners with NASCIO to Release a Joint Roadmap for State IT Procurement Reform

    NASPO Partners with NASCIO to Release a Joint Roadmap for State IT Procurement Reform

    NASPO and NASCIO are proud to release a joint roadmap for state information technology (IT) procurement reform and process transformation! This publication includes 18 joint recommendations for IT procurement in the following categories: relationship building, procurement processes, centralization, and legislation & policy. The paper also includes key takeaways from the survey of CPOs and CIOs conducted this year, in-depth discussion of the work of the NASPO-NASCIO Joint Task Force on Negotiation in IT procurement, case studies from Alabama and Minnesota emphasizing the importance CPO/CIO relationship is to successful IT procurement, and implementation methods that complement the recommendations.
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  • State Central Procurement Officials Rank Priorities for 2017

    State Central Procurement Officials Rank Priorities for 2017

    State CPOs recognized the strategic role of state central procurement as their number one priority for 2017. This includes centralized procurement authority, elevated role of the central procurement office in the hierarchy of the executive branch and active participation in creating an enterprise vision for the state. Procurement workforce professionalization and integrated eProcurement/ERP solutions increased in priority over last year. For the third year, measuring performance was consistently ranked high among the top five most important issues for state procurement. To learn about the other priorities in state procurement, download the 2017 Top Ten Priorities below.
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  • Data Analytics: What’s in the Numbers?

    Data Analytics: What’s in the Numbers?

    NASPO members from Texas, Virginia, and Florida share how their states are using the powerful tools of operational performance metrics and data analytics to improve procurement processes. View Webinar Now
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  • Statewide Centralization Infographic

    Statewide Centralization Infographic

    Statewide centralization and enhancing the strategic role of state central procurement have been front and center for many states. NASPO recognized statewide centralization as one of its top priorities for 2016. This infographic report presents a quick overview of the main drivers for change towards centralization, reported successes, challenges and risk factors, based on information gathered through group interviews with chief procurement officers.

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