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Government 'succeeding in improving IT procurement efficiency'

13 September 2011

The government is making inroads towards improving the efficiency of public sector IT procurement, according to a report.

Analysis conducted by TechMarketView has revealed that the simplification of regulations surrounding procurement has helped to accelerate the pace of deals reaching their conclusion.

In particular, the abolition of prequalification questionnaires for contracts under £100 million and the introduction of the Contracts Finder website were noted as major recent successes.

Georgina O'Toole, one of the researchers, told Supply Management that these improvements are essential, as public sector budgets will no longer allow for drawn-out procurement processes.

"Procurements have perhaps taken too long unnecessarily until now. We have seen procurements undertaken within unprecedented short timescales over the past few months," she said.

Last week, a global survey of chief procurement officers by Ardent Partners revealed that cost savings are the main priority among purchasing staff in the present climate.

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