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NSW EOI for the optimisation of smart buy likely to leave BI suppliers out in the cold

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NSW Department of Commerce’s NSW Procurement Office has released an EOI for suppliers of Procure-to-Pay systems, however, the EOI states just a procure-to-invoice system is sought as the payment function will generally be left under the management of agencies’ FMIS or ERP systems.

The EOI, which closes on 27 November, provides statistics on the operation of the NSW Department of Commerce’s more than 200 period panel contracts, through which $3.6billion per annum is currently transacted.

The EOI lists 11 components for an integrated procure-to -pay system. These 11 components are seen to contribute to three distinct sub-systems – business intelligence and performance management capability, an integrated contract lifecycle management platform and the optimisation of existing NSWP capability.

The EOI states that the business intelligence capability is being sourced from an existing whole-of-government contract. There is no BI panel contract in place in NSW (although a Government Selected Application System (GSAS) contract was at one stage contemplated by Commerce). However both SAP and Oracle now have whole-of-governments contracts, and both now have major BI capabilities due to their acquisitions of Business Objects (SAP) and Hyperion (Oracle). One or both of these suppliers may therefore be among the suppliers in discussion with NSWP.

The EOI also states that the integrated contract live cycle management platform is the subject of a separate EOI, issued on 3 October.

Given these statements, it is rather confusing to state in this EOI that NSWP is looking for ‘any single component, a set of components or a comprehensive response addressing all components’ as it appears that two of the main features of the solution are locked away under separate processes.

Content management is another key component of the solution being sought and the panelists on the Integrated Asset Management System GSAS should be looking hard at this EOI, as it is one of the first content management opportunities to come along since that GSAS was finalised.

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