Accessibility in IT Procurement

Leaving Performance Bonds at the Door for Improved IT Procurement

  • 1 August 2012
  • Author: Mike Cooke
  • Number of views: 5645
  • 0 Comments
Leaving Performance Bonds at the Door for Improved IT Procurement
This is the second in a series of briefs on IT procurement modernization. The brief focuses on performance bond trends for state IT projects and is intended to give an overview of how the surety market has significantly changed because of a wave of factors external to the IT industry. The amount of readily available performance bonds has become a challenge and, in some instances, bond companies have begun to require companies to partially or fully collateralize performance bonds with bank letters of credit. In order for states to lower costs and create a competitive procurement pool, states need to consider finding ways of leveraging existing protections and adjusting performance bond requirements if necessary. This brief was developed in partnership with TechAmerica and with contributions from the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO).

Leveraging Enterprise Architecture for Improved IT Procurement

  • 10 July 2012
  • Author: Mike Cooke
  • Number of views: 5963
  • 0 Comments
Leveraging Enterprise Architecture for Improved IT Procurement
This brief seeks to present an overview of how the discipline of Enterprise Architecture (EA) can be used to improve and lower costs of state IT procurement. The degree of EA maturity in states can vary as much as the very rules that govern IT procurement, but a closer look will provide guidance on alignment of these vital functions of government. As stewards of tight budgets, it is imperative that state chief information officers (CIOs), state procurement officials, and other state leaders find the best values and are accountable for IT investments. State leaders should consider the benefits of aligning IT procurement and enterprise architecture not only as a way to deliver IT services more effectively, but also as a way to find savings through streamlined investments. This brief was developed in partnership with TechAmerica and with contributions from the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO).

Gaining Traction on the Road to Win-Win: Limitations on Liability in State IT Contracting

  • 12 March 2010
  • Author: Mike Cooke
  • Number of views: 4075
  • 0 Comments
Gaining Traction on the Road to Win-Win: Limitations on Liability in State IT Contracting
As state CIOs continue to deploy IT solutions, it is important to recognize the fiscal benefits of transforming the procurement process to meet the needs of a smaller workforce, budget constraints, and consolidation efforts. Because of current economic factors the state CIO is faced with not only budget constraints for needed IT goods and services, but also advocating for procurement reform that meets the needs of the 21st century. Gaining Traction on the Road to Win-Win presents the challenges associated with unlimited liability, and encourages the inclusion of risk management strategies for state IT contracts. The report also calls attention to the fact that state CIOs are better equipped to provide services to the state when flexible terms and conditions for procurement provisions are in place.

IT Procurement and Enterprise Architecture: Recognizing the Mutual Benefits

  • 1 October 2005
  • Author: Mike Cooke
  • Number of views: 5157
  • 0 Comments
IT Procurement and Enterprise Architecture: Recognizing the Mutual Benefits
This brief highlights the benefits of a closer alignment between IT Procurement and Enterprise Architecture (EA), which includes improving and streamlining IT investment decisions in a way that supports the state’s overall strategic goals and intent. It also identifies “touchpoints” at which these two disciplines can establish stronger ties and concludes with recommendations on how states can start down the path to greater EA-IT Procurement alignment.

Getting What You Need on the Way to the Win-Win! Leveraging the RFP in State Technology Procurements

  • 1 May 2005
  • Author: Mike Cooke
  • Number of views: 3318
  • 0 Comments
Getting What You Need on the Way to the Win-Win! Leveraging the RFP in State Technology Procurements
This publication was co-produced by NASCIO and NASPO (National Association of State Procurement Officials). This brief provides a broad view of how a variety of stakeholders can use the RFP (Request for Proposal) process to the state’s and the citizens’ benefit.
RSS
12345

Publications By Date