April 16, 2012
Electronic procurement a game changer
Procurement Perspectives | Stephen Bauld
As we compare the two main competitive procurement models employed in Canada, not only at the municipal level but at the federal and provincial levels as well — the request for tender and the request for proposal.
The assumption is that the municipality is using an essentially paper based system, perhaps supplemented with electronic distribution of information, as paper based tendering continues to predominate in municipal procurement at the present time. Moreover, although there is considerable evidence of movement in the private sector towards electronic procurement, the fundamental principals and concepts apply irrespective of whether a paper based or electronic system is in use.