Why digital transformation remains a major priority for local government

digital transformation

The latest market focus report by BiP Solutions “Challenges and Opportunities for Local Government Procurement in a Digital World” discusses why digital transformation remains a major priority for local government.

Local government takes on digital transformation

Editor of the report Sandra Peet states that:

“Across local government today, digital transformation is playing a significant role in meeting the needs and expectations of citizens.”

Since the Government published the Government Transformation Strategy in 2017, local government organisations have been working hard to move forward digital transformation plans.

The strategy outlined a vision for digitised, modern government service delivery up to 2020, with an aim to reduce costs to the public purse while also building “secure systems by default.”

As part of our 2019 Procurement Predictions blog, we revealed that:

“there will be a rise in digital adoption and use of the Cloud. According to Gartner (a leading research and advisory company), an estimated $1 trillion of IT spend will be moved to the Cloud by 2020, as organisations look to make their IT services more agile.”

Why procurement is a part of digital transformation

Regulation 22 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 has encouraged public sector and local government organisations to choose an eProcurement solution.

Since October 2018, all public sector organisations MUST use an electronic procurement solution when communicating and exchanging information during the tender processes (for contracts above EU thresholds). This also includes the submission of tenders.

This has been seen as a positive move from those who deal with tender submissions on a daily basis. Before the regulation came in to force, many organisations were constantly dealing with time-consuming paperwork and manual processes – something which can lead to costly mistakes.

If you would like to learn more about Regulation 22, get in touch with a member of our public sector procurement team.

If you would like to gain access to a copy of the “Challenges and Opportunities for Local Government Procurement in a Digital World” report, click here.