Survey Indicates Purchasing Officers Increasing Use of Electronic Methods for Distributing Government Bids and RFPs

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BidPrime conducted a survey gauging government purchasing officer methods of distributing bids, issuing a report of some highlighted responses. Purchasing officers were generally eager to try new and emerging electronic methods to streamline their duties and increase distribution of government bids.

Purchasing officers surveyed were generally eager to find new and improved methods to increase distribution of government bids and RFPs through Web 2.0 components

BidPrime.com, an online subscription service providing government bids and contract intelligence to businesses, announces the release of a report detailing government purchasing officer sentiments about electronic procurement of state and local government bids.

The report details purchasing officers' opinions about technology and government, with a focus on their sentiments regarding the publishing and distribution of government bids and RFPs to vendors using emerging technologies of the internet. The survey also includes a background of procurement trends, including statistics on current methods of marketing, as well as new and emerging electronic methods through the internet and online hosted services. An analysis of how modern electronic syndication technologies can be specifically applied to the field will be released in early 2011.

"Purchasing officers surveyed were generally eager to find new and improved methods to increase distribution of government bids and RFPs through Web 2.0 components," said Stephen Hetzel, BidPrime's Chief Operations Officer. "However, the survey also found doubt and unfamiliarity with these same technologies, and a similar ambivalence about the effectiveness of third party and private company tools to increase distribution of bids, increase competition, and cut costs."

The survey respondents were government purchasing officers at the school district, university, city, and county levels.

Notable findings include:

Over half of procurement officers would be interested in using a free online service for releasing government bids and increasing distribution.

A small number of entities still use pre-internet methods of distribution like fax or parcel mail.

Purchasing officers for municipalities and educational entities are more willing to seek out other sources to market, distribute, and syndicate bid information, including newspaper classifieds, 3rd party services (free or paid), or emailing vendor lists.

Purchasing officers for municipalities and educational entities would make more use of private 3rd party services (free or paid). Officers at this level were the only ones to report instances in which a bid or request for proposal would have one or no responses.

"When we began offering government contract notification services in 2009, we had so much positive feedback from clients about our innovative approach, simplified interface, and extreme value for each client," stated Jim Ward, BidPrime's VP of Business Development. "We hope to have the same results with the release of an entirely new eProcure product due in early 2011, using this report's data and agency feedback to better familiarize public entities with adapted online methods to reach more vendors at no cost barrier."

The report can be read at the following link: Government Procurement and Technology Survey Highlights.

About BIDPRIME – BidPrime is an online subscription service providing government contract information and real-time notification of new government sales leads and bid opportunities. Subscriptions start at a monthly fee of $17.99 to receive targeted government bid alerts via email and track real-time bid opportunities. BidPrime is headquartered in Austin, Texas. More information on BidPrime can be found at http://www.bidprime.com.

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