BBC asks IT suppliers to help shape procurement strategy

Written by Sam Trendall on 20 July 2017 in News
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Broadcaster interested in implementing digital platforms for sourcing and contract management

The broadcaster is "interested to learn more about current and future innovations in the market"  Credit: PA

The BBC is looking for IT suppliers to help it explore how digital platforms could improve its procurement and supplier-management processes.

The broadcaster has issued a “prior information notice” explaining that it is “seeking input from potential providers or developers of procurement e-sourcing solutions”.

Although no competitive process has been set in stone, the BBC wishes to hear from companies that can provide “full source-to-contract solutions”, as well as those that could provide just an e-auction, contract-management, or spend-analytics offering in isolation.

A comprehensive package would include digital sourcing, tendering, evaluation, and auction tools, as well as market engagement and contract management technology.


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“In many respects, the BBC is already familiar with standard e-procurement and e-sourcing technologies but is interested to learn more about current and future innovations in the market,” the notice said.

Suppliers are now invited to register their interest, with a contract notice currently slated to go out on 9 October.

“This RFI (request for information) is intended only to elicit information and inform the BBC's future strategy,” the prior information notice said. “Responders to this RFI should note that no concessions, contracts, or other arrangements will be awarded pursuant to this RFI. Responding, or not responding, to this RFI will neither increase nor decrease any provider's chances of being awarded a contract from any subsequent ITT (invitation to tender).”

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