Opinion: eProcurement technology assists public purchasers in helping solve government budget challenges
This fall, the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) and Deltek announced surprising results of a survey that revealed insights into the state of procurement organizations in the public sector. The survey targeted the heads of procurement in city, county and state governments, as well as public universities and K-12 district schools, and found that 22 percent of those surveyed (including larger entities) do not use procurement software of any kind.
In today’s economic climate it is not surprising that many public organizations have not made investments in information technology. Still, the survey indicates that many entities are planning to invest soon, and about one-third of the entities surveyed are looking to invest in procurement technology right now. The reasons for that are simple: without automation, procurement remains a purely tactical rather than a strategic function. By making procurement strategic, public organizations are placing procurement in a leading role as they work to solve budget challenges and support public institutions and communities.
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