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What’s good for the goose… Why NIGP’s ownership is not just a public sector issue

For the last couple of weeks, Jon Hansen has been covering the unfolding story involving Periscope Holdings/BidSync and Perfect Commerce. You can access the entire string of posts here, but I’ll give you the Readers’ Digest version now…

In early 2015, the State of Missouri, awarded a contract for an eProcurement provider. Perfect Commerce and Periscope Holdings/BidSync were both in the running, but Perfect Commerce was selected. On March 11, Perfect Commerce received a letter from NIGP saying that their sublicense agreement for NIGP (the public sector categorization system) was being withdrawn. The problem here is that Periscope Holdings owns NIGP. In other words, the categorization structure is owned by one solution provider in the market.

For those of us in the private sector, this may not seem terribly interesting, and it might seem even less relevant. But it is an important story for all procurement professionals in all sectors to pay attention to. And here is why:

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Guest — Jon Hansen
Great perspective Kelly from a private sector point of view. One of the first thoughts that came to my mind was why, if the gover... Read More
Friday, 24 April 2015 09:39
Guest — Kelly Barner
AT&T was broken up for having too much control in the telecom space - both in the fact that they were the only service provider an... Read More
Friday, 24 April 2015 10:25
Guest — Jon Hansen
All valid points Kelly. But to be clear, I am not talking about breaking-up Periscope, what I am talking about in principle is th... Read More
Friday, 24 April 2015 11:02
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