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UNSPSC Webinar for Buyers: Selecting Commodity Codes & Notifying Vendors in COMMBUYS Posted on Jan 20

UNSPSC Webinar for Buyers: Selecting Commodity Codes & Notifying Vendors in COMMBUYS

When creating and posting bids in COMMBUYS, proper commodity code selection is fundamental to maximizing vendor quote responses. OSD’s UNSPSC* webinar for buyers – a one-hour, online class – reinforces the importance of commodity codes and demonstrates how to search for and add suitable codes   …Continue Reading UNSPSC Webinar for Buyers: Selecting Commodity Codes & Notifying Vendors in COMMBUYS

Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program is a Success! Posted on Dec 20

Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program is a Success!

In response to Governor Baker’s August 9 announcement of the Act to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government, the Operational Services Division (OSD) developed a municipal outreach program to share related procurement information and resources with Massachusetts communities. OSD’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor (N2N) event series, hosted in cities   …Continue Reading Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program is a Success!

Quick Overview of the COMMBUYS Purchasing Process via Webinar Posted on Dec 15

Quick Overview of the COMMBUYS Purchasing Process via Webinar

Whether you’re fairly new to COMMBUYS or are looking to refine your purchasing skills, we highly recommend our one-hour, online purchasing class. COMMBUYS trainer, Renee O’Rourke, will walk buyers through the steps to purchase from fixed-price line item catalogs, zero-dollar catalogs, and PunchOuts, and highlight   …Continue Reading Quick Overview of the COMMBUYS Purchasing Process via Webinar

Inside the IT Small Business Incubator: Vendor Interview Posted on Nov 29

If someone described the process of doing business with the state as being “extremely easy to navigate,” you may not believe him at first. But the more you talk with David Kelly, Senior Solutions Consultant at Valora Technologies, the more you start to believe him.   …Continue Reading Inside the IT Small Business Incubator: Vendor Interview

Supercharging Sourcing & Procurement Posted on Nov 22

Calling all procurement professionals in the Commonwealth! Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just starting out learning the ins and outs of sourcing, procurement, and Statewide Contracts, OSD has a two-class track to give you all the tools you need for successful procurements. Essentials of   …Continue Reading Supercharging Sourcing & Procurement

Best Value Procurement Handbook Posted on Sep 30

After months of hard work, what was called the Procurement Information Center (PIC) on the OSD website has been replaced with a simplified, searchable format called the Best Value Procurement Handbook. Highlights New content promotes using the seven steps of strategic sourcing and ties the   …Continue Reading Best Value Procurement Handbook

OSD Welcomes the MBTA! Posted on Sep 21

OSD Welcomes the MBTA!

After much analysis and planning, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is working closely with the Operational Services Division to transition their state funded procurement and purchasing activity to Statewide Contracts and the Commonwealth’s online procurement center, COMMBUYS. For the MBTA, a quasi-public authority not   …Continue Reading OSD Welcomes the MBTA!

Small-Scale IT Projects Wanted Posted on Sep 1

In July’s issue of Buy the Way, we announced the launch of the IT Small Business Incubator Pilot, which aims to reduce barriers to doing business with the Commonwealth, expedite contracting, and increase access to innovative services. To be successful, the Incubator requires a steady   …Continue Reading Small-Scale IT Projects Wanted

Strategic Sourcing Certificate Program Benefits All Agency Buyers Posted on Feb 19

Strategic Sourcing Certificate Program Benefits All Agency Buyers

Whether you’re a procurement professional with decades of experience or you’re preparing your first bid, the Strategic Sourcing Certificate Program (SSCP) has something to offer you. In this five-day course, agency professionals learn about Strategic Sourcing best practices and have deep discussions on conducting the   …Continue Reading Strategic Sourcing Certificate Program Benefits All Agency Buyers

Bidding Best Practices Posted on Mar 2

Bidding Best Practices

  In March of 2014, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts adopted COMMBUYS, an e-procurement system meant to bring the state’s purchasing and procurement practices forward into the 21st century. Since its launch approximately one year ago, over 9,500* vendors have registered within COMMBUYS, which is an   …Continue Reading Bidding Best Practices