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  • Cloud Computing Procurement: 6 Steps to a Beneficial Outcome
    Last week we revealed how all too many cloud computing contracts (and more specifically, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) agreements) result in completely unacceptable outcomes for the buying organisation. The key issue is typically a fatal misalignment between the buyer’s desired business outcomes and the terms of the agreement. You expect a system that can fulfill your specific business outcom...
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  • Cloud Computing: Where Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Procurement Fails
    We all know that cloud computing is becoming more and more relevant to public and private organisations. For most enterprises, the potential cost savings of moving infrastructure to the cloud are too big to ignore. However, as a relatively new form of outsourcing, cloud computing is not without its potential pitfalls. This is especially the case when it comes to procuring Infrastructure as a Servi...
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  • NAO’s Report on Transition and Termination Issues in Commercial Contracts
    This is the final article in a series of seven that reviewed the twenty issues highlighted by the National Audit Office (NAO) in their latest report on emerging best practice in commercial and contract management. Our articles have grouped these issues under the same seven headings as the NAO report – Commercial Strategy, Commercial Capability, Market Management and Sourcing, Contract Approach, Co...
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  • Strategic Partnership Collaboration – 10 Lessons To Get What You Want
    One of the imperatives of modern service delivery is to partner with people who can do things for you better and more cost effectively than you can do them yourself. The public and private sectors are using more innovative forms of governance and management through partnerships with others,  yet, research shows that high numbers (nearly 50% in fact) of strategic partnerships fail to achieve their ...
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  • Early Stage Contract Lifecycle Issues brought to light by the NAO Emerging Best Practices Report
    Contract Lifecycle is the sixth article in our series of seven covering the key principles highlighted by the National Audit Office (NAO) in its report on emerging best practice in commercial and contract management. 140 projects were reviewed in its production; practitioners and stakeholders offered their views in discussions, interviews and workshops, and the end result is a well considered and ...
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  • How to Renegotiate a Contract with Your Strategic Partner (in 5 Steps)
    There are many reasons as to why one would want to renegotiate a contract with their strategic partner but the thought of the uphill challenge puts many off. In this week’s blog, we will offer up tips for a positive resolution with the kind assistance of David Barrett from PROCURiSOURCE. By following the below steps you can effectively renegotiate an existing contract with a strategic partner in s...
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  • Contract Management Issues & Emerging Best Practice – NAO Report
    The National Audit Office’s 2016 report on commercial and contract management in the public sector offers up a ‘gold mine’ of useful information for organisations across the public-private spectrum. Its segmentation of all the issues they identified into seven key principles offers an excellent overview of weaknesses that all companies suffer from to some degree, which is why we have dedicated an ...
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  • Outsourcing: 5 Mistakes You Must Avoid Before Choosing a Provider
    Outsourcing is a tempting proposition for any company that feels the strain of a bloated workforce and high service delivery costs. After all, the theoretical arguments in favour of outsourcing are compelling – you leverage the expertise of an external party, who are better qualified to deliver a more efficient (and less costly) service. Unfortunately, a theoretical benefit does not always transla...
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  • Contract Approach: NAO Insights & Emerging Best Practices
    If you are looking for ways in which to improve your commercial and contract management, then you are in good company. The National Audit Office (NAO) has spent years reviewing the public sector market to identify where weaknesses in processes and implementation exist with the aim of creating a more robust and widely adopted practice to improve performance, value for money, and the potential for o...
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  • Market Management & Sourcing – NAO Insights Report (Part 3)
    This article is the latest in a series of seven tasked with reporting and commenting on the findings of the NAO’s 2016 report on insights and emerging best practice in commercial and contract management. Twenty issues were raised and grouped under seven headings – Commercial Strategy, Commercial Capability, Market Management and Sourcing, Contract Approach, Contract Management, Contract Lifecycle,...
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  • Commercial Capability Insights and Emerging Best Practices – NAO Report
    The National Audit Office’s report ‘Commercial and contract management: insights and emerging best practice’, published at the end of last year, has been a mine of useful information. It sources some 140 projects alongside interviews, workshops and discussions. These have presented a broad-spectrum perspective of the state of public sector outsourcing today. The purpose of all this research has be...
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  • Early Outsourcing Termination? Save millions on your exit fees with these six questions
    Wouldn’t it be nice if client-vendor relationships always followed a clearly defined path with all parties focused on doing their best to live up to the business outcomes they agreed to at the outset? I can almost hear you nodding and sighing with wishful thinking, but, as we all know, in the real world, major contractual relationships are quite often rife with miscommunication, hidden agendas and...
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  • Commercial Strategy issues highlighted within NAO’s Insights report on Emerging Best Practices
    In November 2016, when the NAO released their latest report on the state of best practice in the public sector, titled ‘Commercial and contract management: insights and emerging best practice’ they presented one of the most considered documents on the subject created to date. From all of the research the NAO gathered – from stakeholder, supplier and practitioner discussions, workshops, commercial ...
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  • A Look Into The NAO’s Research On Emerging Best Practices And Lessons Learnt For Major Projects
    In a recent article titled ‘NEW National Audit Office guidance for supplier operating standards that could change everything’, we took a look at the most recent update of the Government Commercial Function’s (GCF) eight ‘Commercial Operating Standards’ and discussed their significance for both public and private sector clients. The NAO’s own recent report ‘Commercial and contract management: insig...
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  • New Government Commercial Operating Standards to Help Drive Better Value In Supplier Relationships
    The National Audit Office (NAO) recently published an insightful report on the state of commercial and contract management best practice in the public sector. We have developed a number of articles on the subject matter contained within this report – the first being an overview titled ‘New NAO Report: 20 Key insights into emerging Best Practice for commercial and contract management’, the second b...
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  • Capita CEO resigns and company drops from the FTSE 100
    Reports suggest that it has not been a good year for global outsourcing giant Capita. What with the company’s first profit warning in September, reported project issues and what seems to be a weakening market across some of its core sectors. But this month there have been two more announcements of note – Chief Executive Andy Parker’s resignation after just three years in the company’s top job, and...
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  • Serco CEO suggests project risk weighted against them on major public sector contracts
    Rupert Soames, the CEO of Serco (and grandson of Winston Churchill), recently gave evidence to PACAC (the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee). This was part of an enquiry into the work of the civil service as a result of a significant rise in outsourced contracts. Mr Soames is reported to have suggested that the government was knowingly overloading private sector organisati...
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  • NAO Report: 20 Key Insights Into Emerging Best Practice For Commercial And Contract Management
    The National Audit Office (NAO) recently created an insightful report into contract management best practice, combining wisdom gathered from discussions with those who operate these relationships at the coalface. It features analysis from 26 recent reports on projects that ranged from InterCity West Coast and Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust in 2012, to High Speed Two (HS2) and the General Pra...
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  • Cabinet Office report exonerates Atos of ‘sharp practice’ accusations by PAC
    Tens of millions of pounds were spent by the NHS on a new system to centralise GP data, known as the General Practice Extraction Service (GPES). However, a furore followed the project’s conclusion because the service was found to have ‘fundamental designs flaws and did not work’. As a result, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) delivered a scathing review of Atos – accusing it of ‘sharp practice’ ...
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  • “Award-winning” Contract Consultants for the NHS, the Strategic Project Team, “Closing Down”
    With the recent announcement from the BBC that the NHS’s major complex projects management and procurement support force – the Strategic Project Team (SPT) – will be “closed down”, questions are now being asked and lessons must be learned in order to make the best of such a situation. The BBC piece talked at length about all the high-profile projects the SPT had been involved with that has failed ...
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  • The £213m Government Skills gap the NAO believes needs to be plugged.
    The NAO have reported that “A third of major government projects due to deliver in the next five years are rated as in doubt or unachievable unless action is taken to improve delivery” NAO Controller and Auditor Amyas Morse believes that the central issue lies in the digital skills gap that exists across many of these public sector projects. Morse feels that as “70% and 80% of their projects are R...

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