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The Operational Services Division (OSD) is fulfilling its commitment to making COMMBUYS online market center functionality available to eligible buyers. Supporting this initiative is the COMMBUYS Enablement Team led by Eric Murphy, Enablement Team Manager. Rounding out the team are Jackie Abbott, Jennifer Forsey, and Patricia Parker. This group of experienced implementation specialists has been reaching out to eligible entities across the Commonwealth to deliver the COMMBUYS message. A few short months and more than 6,400 miles later, the COMMBUYS Enablement Team has helped many municipal organizations learn how COMMBUYS can help save them time and money when it comes to their purchasing and procurement activities.

“We’re out on the road speaking with local government buyers, learning about their particular needs and challenges,” states Murphy. “We understand local governments are challenged to do more with less, and organizations are interested in learning about COMMBUYS functionality and how it can improve their organization’s efficiency and productivity.”

And local governments are responding. To date, 41 organizations have registered in COMMBUYS. Among them are cities, towns, schools, Housing Authorities, and Fire and Police Departments, each selecting COMMBUYS functionality that supports and enhances their organization’s business practices. The Enablement Team is actively working with numerous other entities, tailoring COMMBUYS attributes to their business needs and involving OSD training staff to get organizations up and running quickly.

A Resource for Local Government Communities

In their ongoing effort to learn more about local government needs, the COMMBUYS Enablement Team has established a presence at municipal gatherings throughout the Commonwealth. Recent Team activities include:
• Membership in the Massachusetts Association of Public Purchasing Officials (MAPPO), enabling the team to work collaboratively with purchasing and procurement professionals, deepen their understanding of local purchasing practices, and share information about COMMBUYS.
• Presenting at Massachusetts Association of School Business Officials’ (MASBO) events in November and December, reaching a key audience of purchasers from statewide contracts.
• Meeting local purchasing officials at OSD’s Regional Events hosted in Holyoke, Barnstable, and Marlborough, where 60 municipal buyers learned about statewide contracts, COMMBUYS, and the Enablement Team initiative.

Learn more about COMMBUYS and OSD’s Local Government Initiative on our website. Schedule a visit with a COMMBUYS Enablement Team member by emailing COMMBUYSEnablement@state.ma.us.

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