23 July 2002 | Robin Parker
Commerce Decisions is to launch a fully searchable electronic service to help purchasers analyse complex bids for huge public sector projects.
The vendor is upgrading its Award software, designed to select and negotiate with bidders on one-off, high-value procurements, with a function to search lengthy bids instantly on key criteria such as security and cost.
The software aims to remove bidders that do not fit such criteria as early as possible in a procurement process that can often take months.
John Thompson, managing director of Commerce Decisions, said: "At the moment we've helped purchasers focus on decision-making processes, but the big problem has been understanding just what bidders have said.
"It's easy for them to be vague, and for users to miss things when bids run to thousands of pages. The HTML copy will act as a search engine, providing guidance on exactly where the bidders have provided the evidence for their claims."
The software aims to deliver fast return on investment by speeding up and driving down the cost of multi-million pound projects.
Redditch Borough Council is currently in talks with a preferred supplier for the construction of a £40 million sports stadium after negotiating with bidders via the Award software.
"The council wanted to know what it spent money on with its suppliers, and to learn the corporate lessons of a highly complex procurement," said Thompson.