Keystone Column 37 – Procurement Strategy

Keystone Column 37 – Procurement Strategy

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Keystone Column containing business stories and public procurement opportunities that drive the commercial strategy of ambitious companies. This week, we focus on procurement strategy for upcoming frameworks, a framework for managing buyers as part of a procurement strategy and a team of inventors from Cork that have won a prestigious innovation award for […]

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Keystone Column 36 – Framework Agreements

Keystone Column 36 – Framework Agreements

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Keystone Column containing business stories and public procurement opportunities that drive the commercial strategy of ambitious companies. This week, we focus on procurement trends: why in-house legal counsel seem less than impressed with the value for money they are getting from external legal advisors on framework agreements, the rising trend of consortiums […]

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Keystone column 35 – Supplier debriefing

Keystone column 35 – Supplier debriefing

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Keystone Column containing business stories and public procurement opportunities that drive the commercial strategy of ambitious companies. This week, we focus on why marketing is different, more trouble in VW, what to expect from supplier debriefing and a recent story of an innovative development we have been following.   Business stories  Why marketing […]

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Keystone Column 34 – Procurement risk

Keystone Column 34 – Procurement risk

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Keystone Column containing business stories and public procurement opportunities that drive the commercial strategy of ambitious companies. This week, we focus on some recent news from around the world illustrating how procurement risk is evolving. Business stories – risky business! Supply chain risk hits three-year high Global supply chain risk climbed to a level not seen […]

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Keystone Column 33 – Purchasing strategy

Keystone Column 33 – Purchasing strategy

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Keystone Column containing business stories and public procurement opportunities that drive the commercial strategy of ambitious companies. This week, inspired by Dundalk’s valiant efforts in the Champion’s League, we look at purchasing strategy through the lens of soccer. We also see how canny purchasing decisions regarding IT infrastructure allowed one Irish startup to embark […]

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Winning tender opportunities with International Funding Institutions

Winning tender opportunities with International Funding Institutions

We work with businesses to help them identify tender opportunities afforded by government contracts. Questions that can arise include: Our business is too small or too new? We suggest that they consider joining or setting-up a consortium. We lack confidence in the process? We ask them how much time have they spent learning how to win tender opportunities. We have […]

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Keystone Column 32 – Innovative solutions

Keystone Column 32 – Innovative solutions

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Keystone Column containing business stories and public procurement opportunities that drive the commercial strategy of ambitious companies. This week, we look at the how innovative solutions can unlock massive potential for local communities and the Irish software industry. Business stories – Work local, reach global This month saw the opening of the Ludgate Hub in Skibbereen, […]

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Procurement system specification and selection

Procurement system specification and selection

There are a lot of procurement systems on the market.  Below we look at some options and to help businesses make the right decision, we outline our approach to procurement system specification and selection. Procurement systems Traditionally procurement software systems have been designed for larger organisations (think of products such as Oracle, SAP etc.). Benefits from using […]

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Keystone Column 31 – Procurement tools

Keystone Column 31 – Procurement tools

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Keystone Column containing business stories and public procurement opportunities that drive the commercial strategy of ambitious companies. This week, we look at procurement tools – both in terms of the procurement tools businesses use to manage their own procurement activities, and the use of procurement as a tool not only for analysing […]

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Keystone Column 30 – Digital landscape

Keystone Column 30 – Digital landscape

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Keystone Column containing business stories and public procurement opportunities that drive the commercial strategy of ambitious companies. This week, we look at stories that illustrate how the future digital landscape will look and conclude with our weekly listing of procurement opportunities. Business stories Losing ARM  Almost two weeks after UK technology firm ARM Holdings  announced […]

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