Key facts and figures on where we are with the drive to achieve public sector efficiency and reform of procurement from yesterday’s Public Sector Efficiency Expo:
Analysts K2 Advisory on ways we can make working with suppliers less painful
It is said that the three most stressful things in life are moving house, getting divorced and working with IT suppliers. I was reminded again of the latter in recent press coverage of the move by the Ministry of Justice to become the first government Department to sign up for early deployment of the Public Services Network.
Solcara, a specialist provider of advanced search and knowledge management software, has teamed up with Due North, a provider of procurement portals, to develop a single, sophisticated search portal to identify and compare multiple public and private tenders across the country.
The new resource is claimed to create greater efficiency in procurement and the potential for SMEs to identify suitable contracts more easily.
One of the companies now on the CloudStore is a UK SME called FlyingBinary. We talked to its CEO, Jacqui Taylor, to find out why it had decided to get involved
Tell us about your company, then Jacqui - what is its mission, USP?
FlyingBinary provides disruptive analytics and cCloud computing solutions and services.
Jeff Parris of Internet operator Level 3 on what he sees as the next step in the evolution of the Public Services Network (PSN) idea
Discussion of the PSN first began in 2008, when the Cabinet Office created a programme to develop the defining standards for the public sector's 'network of networks'. Fast forward to today - and while there have been a few supporters, take-up remains tentative across the public sector.
But this is all set to change.
Analysts Ovum have produced an interesting report on ‘the shape of UK public sector procurement in 2012’ – a year it says will be “very active” for the market.
Caerphilly and Merthyr Tydfil County Borough councils are to collaborate on procurement as they look to slash costs and improve services to taxpayers.
Both authorities have ratified proposals for the partnership this month with a transition to the new arrangements expected to take place between April and September 2012.
This new approach to procurement will lead to a more efficient buying service, covering everyt
Organisations that neglect governance issues when moving to shared services or outsourcing arrangements may “hinder their business goals,” consultancy KPMG has warned.
Ron Walker, an internal shared services and outsourcing specialist at the firm, told the Procurement Leaders Network that problems commonly arise because companies fail to establish a service delivery governance structure from the outset.
"Unfortunately, organisations fail to reali
Richard Bennett of this month’s Agenda sponsor Updata on why PSN really is an idea whose time has finally come
The Cabinet Office-inspired Public Services Network (PSN) is continuing apace.

The initial tranche of providers in the CloudStore was chosen after a selection process.  On the 18 October 2011 Government Procurement Service placed a tender (known as an OJEU advertisement) for G-Cloud services,