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Nov 2017 - IDC Perspective - Doc # CA43185517

Innovation in Procurement: How to Reimagine Sourcing in the Canadian Public Sector

By: Jason BremnerResearch Vice President, Industry and Business Solutions, Mark SchruttStrategic Advisor, Public Sector & Innovation Research

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This IDC Perspective focuses on the ICT procurement programs within the Canadian public sector, identifying opportunities to drive innovation as well as ways to work with start-ups and alternative providers. IDC has been studying sourcing and procurement practices since our inception, over 50 years ago. For this research, IDC talked with both public and private sector executives. Our conversations included hospitals, educational institutions, and various levels of government as well as start-ups and traditional vendors.

IDC found that, while there will continue to be plenty of procurement departments that continue to be order takers and struggle to justify budgets, a new breed of procurement is beginning to emerge.

"Leading procurement executives think in terms of the end user," says Mark Schrutt, strategic advisor, Public Sector and Innovation research. "For this group, metrics easily relate to contributions to the organization, and procurement strategies are tightly linked to organizational priorities. For these leaders, the future will be not solely about lower cost but changing the value technology delivers."


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