A series of two (2) hour interactive workshops were held recently where public servants learned about new enhanced procurement support services available through the Central Procurement Office (CPO).
Some 26 participants attended one of the two (2) sessions offered to accommodate attendees work schedules on January 25th.
The workshops were hosted by the CPO and included trainers from the contracted procurement service provider, EASiBuy.
EASiBuy’s founder, Ben Koberna, assisted by one of his team, Ashleigh Pickens, conducted the workshop. During the interactive workshop attendees were first given instruction on how to access new services that can support them during procurement process. They then were provided an overview of the reverse auction methodology which the government has been using recently to achieve significant cost savings. Finally they had a hands-on opportunity to participate in a mock reverse auction and compete for a fictitious contract against their colleagues who were divided into 5 bidding teams. A spirited competition ensued.
The workshop is the first of several that are planned for the coming months as the CPO continues to rollout new services and e-procurement capabilities in order to improve government procurement processes.
Further information on our experience with electronic reverse auction can be found here: link to Strategic Savings