BravoSolution worked intensively with us to achieve our goals. Our direct contact was very highly trained and excellent at translating our needs. She understood what we wanted the technology to do. It contributed to a relationship with procurement we had never had before.
Transformation projects are never easy. But by working closely with each organisation to understand their unique challenges and apprehensions, BravoSolution and GPS established trusted relationships that eased fears and laid the foundation for long-term adoption and repeated savings.
Centralising and streamlining our spend analysis process was not an easy hurdle to overcome. Data was often poor quality, of different levels of granularity and in large volumes; but we have accomplished our main goal of establishing monthly spend updates from each organisation. This will allow us to continually improve the spend analysis process and ultimately increase our ability to have the insight required to drive procurement activity that maximises value for money.
Everyone involved in the ICT procurement gave glowing references on the system. For suppliers, it is much easier for them to use and makes them more inclined to bid, requiring no time or money to be spent on couriers taking documents from them to us. For us, we have access to all sectors’ suppliers and therefore can obtain best value for the local authority. It gives me better spend visibility across the three boroughs, showing early on any conflict of interest and helps identify duplication of effort. Basically, I am better equipped when we go to market.
Project Lead for capitalEsourcing and Operations Support Manager - Systems
Other boroughs are gaining interest many of them use alternative solutions which provide a basic tool set for procurement but not the advanced 360 degree solution that BravoSolution provides. What’s more, all four modules are linked, so buyers can move effortlessly from one stage to another, unaware that they are, in fact, moving along modules. It is also greatly advantageous to suppliers, as information from their supplier profile is used to populate their PQQs.
We know that being in a tender exercise can be a difficult process for suppliers. They have no visibility of the bid characteristics; they basically submit a number on a given date and time and sit and wait for the evaluation and outcome. They only get one go at it - if they fail, there is no opportunity to revise the bid. But using BravoSolution we have transformed this process making it fairer for suppliers, which ultimately brings more cost savings to us.
Our supplier selection process identified BravoSolution as the right choice for two main reasons: its consolidated experience in the banking and insurance sector in Italy and worldwide on one hand, and speed of platform implementation and professional approach on the other. Less than a month after signing the contract and registering the first supplier, we were ready to issue our first online request for quotation.
The team’s approach was disciplined and thorough, and without their expertise and commitment, it would have been a very different outcome. We now have a methodology that we can use to repeat on a much larger scale across Premier’s solution portfolio – getting our members what they need to successfully meet the requirements of healthcare reform.
As part of a continued improvement process, we are focused on maturing our Strategic Sourcing team which goes beyond cost savings. Supplier management is at the forefront of this strategy and having technology to support this is essential. We are excited that BravoSolution is designing their platform to support our needs related to supplier quality, performance, risk and continuity.
Sending out 4,500 documents by post is a near impossible task. It impacts not just cost but time and resource. So the system has brought us time and cost savings. It speeds up the delivery dates and makes for an all-round more efficient procurement process which we can manage more effectively.
We use the BravoSolution Sourcing Suite as the standard tool for all sourcing activity for every project, across the entire programme and across the whole of Crossrail. Like other big projects, Crossrail is on a tight timeline, so keeping it on track and hitting targets is very important. We are under pressure to hit key milestones, while following strict compliance rules, and generate cost savings, so a consistent process is paramount. The software helps us make efficiency gains and provides us with a robust system with which to accurately track and monitor progress.
We looked at several other providers on the GPS G-Cloud Framework, but were impressed with the capability of the BravoSolution suite; we discovered that BravoSolution is a market-leading, best practice tool that is being used extensively across the public sector and this gave us confidence that it would meet our needs.
The team was always available to us, the consultants were very personable, easy to approach and highly responsive to our needs. We felt the way the whole account management was delivered was excellent and was geared around treating us in a very personal, yet professional way.
When we launched the procurement function integration process at European level, we immediately realised it was essential to identify the baseline. Without a shared language, we wouldn’t have been able to realise the benefits that drove the reorganisation initiative. As is often the case with international companies, particularly those like Autogrill which have grown by acquisitions and mergers, we didn’t have a consistent Europe-wide data base. Even where we use the same ERP solutions, local codes made it impossible to easily establish a satisfactory level of visibility across the board. BravoSolution’s Spending Analysis tools enabled us in just a few short months to gain visibility of 100% of our Europe-wide purchases.
We have received a very positive reaction from suppliers, because by registering with the portal they can immediately see what we need here in the world of McDonald’s and obtain all the information they need to meet our expectations.
The company is genius when it comes to new ideas about spend analysis. Where the system is going is very exciting. It is also enhancing, enriching and cleansing huge data sets that will ultimately be the building blocks of standardisation and aggregation across the NHS. Their enhanced coding will bring insights into data that will guide buyers to new points of contractual leveraging. We are enabling procurement professionals with a new intelligence for their organisation. The value being delivered is that it helps us step beyond a traditional NHS procurement role and enables us to improve our influence with senior stakeholders as well as increase our leverage with our supply base.
In choosing a new procurement platform, we needed a provider that offered a flexible and powerful technology and a team that truly understood our business and the unique challenges of being a large, global organization. BravoSolution combines the resources and proven technology of a large, global organization with the support and expertise of local procurement professionals all around the world. The team has worked with us every step of the way to ensure our success.
The government is dedicated to encouraging an improved, joined-up, more efficient procurement process for local authorities and our suppliers, and provides us with the tools to help make that happen. PCS-Tender is updated by Scottish Procurement to reflect legislative changes, therefore the council is creating tenders with up-to-date information, so it makes sense to take advantage of this and the other benefits – making it easier for suppliers to bid is one of them.
We love the automation. The system is fool-proof: it tells you exactly what you need to attach, and by when. In an easy step-by-step process, you just click and attach your documents, at any point it informs you of your progress, highlights any questions you haven’t yet answered, and double checks everything for you. You can’t make a mistake, or miss anything out, or miss a deadline – it gives you complete peace of mind.
Ensuring that we work with the most qualified suppliers allows us to provide the best facilities and services for our community. BravoSolution’s sourcing tools give us an easy method to continuously monitor, reassess and improve our services and supplier relationships.
We are called upon to attend supplier debriefs. Even though we haven’t been involved during the actual evaluation, the system gives us the visibility so we can stand back, be an objective third-party, and confirm that the evaluation plan was followed accurately. All information is in the system which gives a secure history of each tender from creation to award – a true and accurate record.
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4.3/5 based on 57 ratings.