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McK on the supply chain of the future

Building the supply chain of the future. Fascinating analysis from McK on new options for the supply chain. The ideas of splintering based on volatility and component-based assembly-to-order are excellent.

Posted in Procurement

Procurement savings

There still appear to be procurement savings available: the IoD estimates £15bn. Procurement is always the first port of call for savings as it appears to be about lowering prices and therefore spend. I’m not sure £15bn in the procurement

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Be careful with data

Valuable counsel: the simple presence of data can cause you take or not take action based on invalid assumptions. The question here is how to ensure that there are checks and balances on data presentation so that you can rely

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How big are savings targets and why is consultancy always the bugbear?

John Suffolk (Government CIO) expects a fun year ahead. I have tried to do some back of the envelope calculations based on his items and numbers in the OEP. My italics, all errors mine. HR must move to 1 HR

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Posted in Central government, Finance, ICT, Procurement

New software frameworks signed

Interesting to see that the new frameworks are only two years (with a potential two-year extension) this should help keep up with the pace of change in technology (the frameworks include web design, for example). But the £1bn expected to

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Posted in Central government, ICT, Procurement

Smarter government

Lots to digest in the Smarter Government report. Headlines: another £12bn in savings over the £26bn from Gershon and £35bn from OEP. In all, that’s approaching 10% of government spend. [NB Steph rightly counsels caution on the numbers.] Good to

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Posted in Central government, eGovernment, Finance, ICT, Procurement, Shared Services

PEPPOL – EU wide eProcurement

PEPPOL looks like it is trying to address a number of the issues that NPEP is tackling. It is also working along the lines of interoperability and standards rather than single systems. I found it from a link on a

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Posted in eGovernment, Procurement

A tale of two crashes

Mike Cross is right to draw attention to the lack of surprises in the C-Nomis report, and the extraordinary detail in the Haddon-Cave report into Nimrod safety. Let’s make future ones more like that? Comment: A tale of two crashes.

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