Webinar Recording - Great Project Outcomes Start at the Source: How Utilities Procurement Teams Manage Complex RFP Decisions more Efficiently with Sourcing Technology

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    Webinar Recording

    Presented by: Andy Baskerville - Product Manager, Utilities Lead - Bonfire
                            Robert Ferro - Senior Buyer - Alameda County Water District 
    Contact hours: 1 (Contact hour awarded based on registering and attending the live event)


    Utilities procurement teams play a crucial role in delivering essential services to customers, on time and on budget. The contracting decisions you make through bids and RFPs have a significant impact, not only on your procurement function but the entire organization — and the more complex the project, the higher the stakes.
    Despite this, many teams have gaps in their technology which leave the evaluation of bids and RFPs to be completed through spreadsheets and manual steps. This is not only an administrative burden; managing complex, multi-stakeholder evaluations (e.g. for equipment or construction) through spreadsheets introduces a risk of errors and delays that can put project outcomes on the line.
    See how public utilities organizations like yours are addressing this gap by implementing purpose-built software for bid and RFP evaluations, making it easier to engage stakeholders, efficiently evaluate vendor data, and ensure high-quality, cost effective service delivery to the organization.


     After completing this online training session, learners will be able to:
    1. Identify common technology gaps in utilities procurement.
    2. Understand the risks and limitations of using spreadsheets and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems for bid and RFP evaluation.
    3. Hear from a fellow utilities organization about their experience and results after implementing sourcing software.
    4. Develop an action plan for selecting and implementing sourcing software at your organization.

    Presenter Bio

    As a part of Bonfire’s product team, Andy focuses on ensuring the success of Bonfire’s Utilities clients, including helping to continue developing the Bonfire platform to meet their unique procurement needs.  He’s passionate about equipping Utilities teams with the best software and practices to be more effective in their roles as drivers of real strategic impact.

    Robert is currently the Senior Buyer for the Alameda County Water District, located in Fremont, California. Before moving to California, he worked in the public health, water / wastewater and transit industries in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. He has been working in Public Procurement for the past 20 years and possess a thorough knowledge of public purchasing best practices.

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  • Webinar 052319: Great Project Outcomes Start at the Source: How Utilities Procurement Teams Manage Complex RFP Decisions more Efficiently with Sourcing Technology (Non-Member)
    $190.00 USD
    Note: Prices may increase as the event nears
  • Registration Information

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday May 22, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST - Registrations cannot be accepted the day of the Webinar.


    Registration is Online Only


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