Procurement, IT and Standards

A New European wide community has just been formed to share best practice in the area of Procurement, IT and Standards.

EU Digital Agenda' s Action 23: Provide guidance on ICT standardisation and public procurement as well as the ongoing reform of the EU Public Procurement directives are the focal point of this key online community on the European ePractice portal. Action 23 is part of the Digital Agenda's Pillar on Interoperability and Standards.

Public authorities should make best use of the full range of relevant standards when procuring hardware, software and IT services, for example by selecting standards which can be implemented by all interested suppliers, allowing for more competition and reduced risk of lock-in. Detailed guidance is needed on how to analyse a technology buyer's requirements to make best use of ICT standards in tender specifications, to help public procurers to properly refer to standards in their tender specifications. Please consider participating in the community--post advice, analysis, news, opinions, and work towards a public presentation at the Digital Assembly in June 2011.

The Digital Agenda Stakeholder Community on Procurement, IT & Standards grew out of the Digital Agenda Stakeholder Day on 25 October 2010 and will be facilitated by representatives from several organizations around Europe as well as individual participants. Until the community gets fully up and running, OpenForumEurope's Open Procurement Task Force will take the lead.

A key goal is to present advice to the European Commission at the EU's Digital Assembly on 16-17 June 2011 stemming from our various experiences with public procurement, as public procurers, bidders, policy makers, consultants, end users or otherwise as stakeholders in this crucial process.

Please free to Join the community, Post to the blog, Share a resource, Invite others to join, browse the ePractice portal for News or Cases to highlight for this community, and most important of all, contribute to the best practice (and possibly bad practice) we will be presenting to the Commission in June 2011.

Remember that you have to be logged in to have access to the full range of the Standards, IT & Procurement community's resources.

By the way, we aim to complement rather than duplicate the great work already ongoing in the ePractice's eProcurement Forum.

Best regards,

Trond Arne Undheim, Community Facilitator, Procurement, IT & Standards Community, ePractice

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