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Governments Are Realizing Benefits Of Collaborating With Universities

As communities look to technology for ways to improve their economy, Governments are realizing benefits of collaborating with Universities on projects related to such things as smart city, health care, and energy. This partnership creates a living laboratory on campus.

Below is an article from govtech.com that details how a partnership between a local government and universities use IoT to create economic improvement. After reading the article, give us a call at SpendBridge so we can assist you with building strong procurement and accounts payable departments within your organization.

Source: govtech.com | Re-Post SpendBridge 3/22/2018

The Cleveland region is set to explore Internet of Things (IoT) technology with help from two area universities.

Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University have joined forces with the IoT Collaborative to focus on the researching and testing of IoT devices and projects related to smart city, health care, energy and other areas. The collaborative is funded, in part, with a $1.75 million grant from the Cleveland Foundation awarded in late January. (more…)

City-Owned Internet Services Offer Cheaper And More Transparent Pricing

Traditionally a privately held company offers more competitive pricing on products and services than that of a government entity. However, when it comes to Internet services, City-owned are showing up as the more economical option.

Below is an article from arstechnica.com that details the advantages of using a City-owned Internet Service when compared to a privately owned service. After reading the article give us a call at SpendBridge so we can assist you in your partnership with Government to implement a procurement process to best meet your needs.

Source: arstechnica.com | Re-Post SpendBridge 3/7/2018

Municipal broadband networks generally offer cheaper entry-level prices than private Internet providers, and the city-run networks also make it easier for customers to find out the real price of service, a new study from Harvard University researchers found.

Researchers collected advertised prices for entry-level broadband plans—those meeting the federal standard of at least 25Mbps download and 3Mbps upload speeds—offered by 40 community-owned ISPs and compared them to advertised prices from private competitors. (more…)

Body Cameras Increase Satisfaction And Creates Savings For The Las Vegas Police Department

Many times job satisfaction isn’t just in a paycheck. Since turnover is very expensive, creating an environment where individuals feel safe and have the tools they need for success is crucial to keeping an employee long-term.

Below is an article from statetechmagazine.com that describes how the Las Vegas Police Department is finding increased job satisfaction by having access to body cameras. After reading the article give us a call at SpendBridge so we can assist you in our partnership with Government to implement a procurement and accounts payable process to best meet your needs.

Source: statetechmagazine.com | Re-Post SpendBridge 2/19/2018

Body cameras are quickly becoming commonplace on police officers. Buoyed by the Justice Department’s decision to allocate more than $23 million in funding for bodycam implementation, nearly one-third of the 18,000 state and local police departments in the U.S. have adopted the technology, according to TIME. They hope the tech can increase accountability and help to de-escalate situations. (more…)

3 Tips For Smoother State IT Procurement Reform

IT procurement within a Government setting can be a difficult and frustrating process that often proves to be an innovation stopper. When an efficient process is implemented, the link between government and vendors can be created that provides cost savings while acquiring the latest technology.

Below is an article from statetechmagazine.com that provides advice that can help speed up reforms and create a more collaborative procurement environment. After reading the article give us a call at SpendBridge so we can assist you in your partnership with Government to implement a procurement process to best meet your needs.

Source: statetechmagazine.com | Re-Post SpendBridge 2/1/2018

For state and local governments, IT procurement can be a difficult and frustrating process that often proves to be an innovation roadblock — or at least a speed bump. When the process is streamlined appropriately, however, it can be a critical link between vendors and governments, ensuring new technologies are rolled out effectively in the public sphere.

While some states, such as Ohio, have managed to revolutionize this process to make it quicker and more inclusive for smaller vendors, procurement overhaul is no simple matter. (more…)

4 Trends To Watch in State and Local Government In 2018

Local government IT innovation and spending have slowed over the last year but there are some new trends in 2018 that could cause them to make a shift. Those trends such as cybersecurity and hyper-converged Infrastructure, are crucial to the way in which a local government works as well impacting the bottom line.

Below is an article from statetechmagazine.com that describes some of the trends that may impact local government IT innovation. After reading the article, give us a call at SpendBridge so we can work together to implement the best technology to improve the quality of IT for your local government.

Source: statetechmagazine.com | Re-Post SpendBridge 1/15/2018

Local governments deployed a whirlwind of new tech in 2017, including chatbots, the cloud, and artificial intelligence, in order to make internal IT operations more efficient. Meanwhile, smart city initiatives brought connected technologies onto the streets in cities, towns, counties, and states across the country.

But when it comes to local government IT innovation and spending over the last year, the greatest surprise is that there weren’t very many surprises at all, says Alan Shark, executive director and CEO of the Public Technology Institute. (more…)

Cities Must Focus On Equity When Innovating

As technology advances it is important that it provides benefits to as many people as possible. There are many real-life examples of how the cities have implemented plans to benefit all populations, which in turns benefits everyone. This philosophy is crucial to the success of technological implementations, especially in urban areas.

Below is an article from SmartCitiesDIVE that provides examples of the many ways inclusion can impact technological advances in urban areas. After reading the article, give us a call at SpendBridge to discuss how we can we can partner with you to discuss how to implement equity in innovation in your company.

Source: smartcitiesdive.com | Re-Post SpendBridge 12/6/2017

Dive Brief:

A new research report from the National League of Cities urges cities to carefully examine equity among all residents as they modernize and add technological advances. The Future of Equity in Cities cautions that widening gaps between the rich and the poor, and among races, is creating a growing social and economic divide that could de-stabilize cities. (more…)

How To Leverage Private Sector Practices In The Public Sector

Many aspects of supply chain management in the public and private sectors are similar. Their best practices can be shared with great success and little or no modification. There are 3 areas of focus for both sectors that can yield supply chain successes – strategic sourcing, supplier relationship management and inventory management. After reading the article below from supplychainquarterly.com contact us at SpendBridge for assistance in designing a process that will lead to the desired supply chain management outcome.

Source: supplychainquarterly.com | Re-Post SpendBridge 6/8/2017

Supply managers who work in the public sector must comply with unique transparency rules. Despite those and other constraints, they can achieve substantial savings by integrating the public sector requirements with privatesector supply chain management concepts.

Imagine that you oversee purchasing and that the prices you pay for goods and services are public information. What’s more, your bid openings are public events that suppliers and other interested parties are invited to attend. To most supply chain management (SCM) professionals that would be an unusual (and probably uncomfortable) situation, but for managers in the public sector it’s a typical scenario. (more…)

How State And Local Government Is Reforming IT Procurement

Government agencies are being tasked to find ways to cut cost and in the process, be flexible as they share information across various departments. One way is through cloud-based solutions. This allows for more flexibility for data storage and retrieval. This article from govtech.com references the need for flexibility in government, not just in the business sector. After reading this, contact us at SpendBridge so we can assist you in finding a solution to your IT needs that will provide flexibility and be cost efficient.

Source: govtech.com | Re-Post SpendBridge 5/11/2017

Flexibility. If there’s one thing that everybody involved in government procurement — chief information officers, procurement officials, vendors and civic tech folk — appear to agree on, it’s that the future of government’s technology-buying should be more flexible.

The trend in that direction seems well underway too. Consider, implores longtime public-sector IT specialist Sherry Amos, the cloud. (more…)

How To Keep Procurement Fraud In Check

Statistics show that procurement fraud is becoming more and more common in Government agencies. However, the work doesn’t stop there. After identifying that fraud exists, the next steps are to identify the cause and then mitigate it. The article below from governing.com provides 4 steps that will help you more effectively manage the mitigation process. As you are evaluating whether or not procurement fraud has made it into your agency, contact us at SpendBridge so we can assist you in the analysis and mitigation process.

Source: governing.com | Re-Post SpendBridge 4/27/2017

The risk of procurement fraud is prevalent in all areas of business, government being no exception. Globally, 41 percent of government organizations reported that they had experienced fraud in a recent 24-month period. The impact of procurement fraud for government goes beyond simply the financial costs: Reputational damage and public health and safety risks are potential consequences as well.

And with an accelerating move toward reducing the size of government through contracting and privatization, along with the increasing likelihood of trillions of dollars in new infrastructure investments in coming years, the opportunities for procurement fraud are only likely to grow. (more…)

Evaluating The Total Cost Of Ownership

As local governments are being scrutinized over their spending of taxpayers money, Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is becoming an important strategy in cities and towns. The article below from americancityandcounty.com provides details on the value of TCO and the long-term benefits in government. After reading the article, contact us to let us help you create a plan to incorporate TCO in your agency.

Source: americancityandcounty.com | Re-Post SpendBridge 4/6/2017

In procurement today, one valuable approach that is widely used in private market procurement remains underutilized by government agencies: Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Even though TCO allows purchasers to move toward sustainable and long-term cost savings strategies rather than short-term benefits and the lowest price, many agencies still select suppliers based on price without looking at the full value a supplier can offer.

In our latest white paper, Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), the NIGP Business Council examines various aspects of TCO and provides guidance for agencies interested in integrating TCO into their procurement practices and evaluation criteria. (more…)