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AWARD®

What we do

Strategic procurements involve multiple stakeholders, significant budgets and have a big impact on business performance. They typically represent only 20% of all procurement transactions, but often account for more than 50% of annual spend and 90% of procurement risk.

The issues faced by procurement professionals are common throughout the world and it is essential that the correct procurement decision is made and that a clear audit trail is available to provide justification to each and every decision made. Commerce Decisions provides proven software and services to support the effective planning, preparation and execution of these strategic procurements.

We improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the evaluation process to make the best buying decision based on all the relevant criteria.

AWARD®

The AWARD® suite is a collaborative web-based solution designed specifically to support complex and strategic procurement projects. 

AWARD® has been proven to reduce time to contract, improve value for money, and reduce the risk of complex procurements, whilst delivering intuitive and robust assessments with a strong audit trail across a diverse range of applications including construction programmes, transport and defence systems, IT outsourcing, collaborative frameworks and multi-lot projects. 

Innovative Structured Criteria Development and Real Value for Money modules enhance the core AWARD® Evaluation, Dataroom and Interaction modules to deliver the most comprehensive strategic evaluation capability available on the market. For more information on each of the modules, click on the icons to the right.

The AWARD® solution has been used globally by the defence, aerospace and utilities industries, healthcare and local and central government in a wide range of procurements of differing sizes and complexity, collectively worth over $400 billion.

Dataroom

Dataroom

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AWARD® Dataroom provides complex projects with a controlled and streamlined mechanism for gathering and publishing information to bidders and suppliers. It provides users with the necessary tools for consistent, efficient and auditable communication, and delivers secure storage and resilient sharing of data to ensure that the integrity of data is at the heart of your strategic sourcing projects.

 AWARD® Dataroom provides:

  • Secure, resilient cloud data environment
  • Document and workflow management
  • Robust user access and management
  • Clear, efficient, auditable communication
  • Intuitive user interface
Evaluation

Evaluation

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The AWARD® evaluation solution offers a unique focus and depth of functionality to support strategic evaluation with a structured, robust and transparent approach. AWARD® has been continually developed and enhanced to meet the increasing demands of the ever-evolving procurement sector. The AWARD® Suite draws on the unparalleled expertise and experience of our services team; delivering an innovative set of modules to sit alongside the existing core Evaluation and Dataroom functionality. Award® Evaluation supports you to:

  • Conduct robust, transparent evaluations
  • Work collaboratively 
  • Control risk 
  • Reduce time to contract
  • Utilise real-time reporting
  • Deliver efficient bidder debriefs
Interaction

Interaction

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AWARD® Interaction provides a controlled and streamlined mechanism for gathering information from bidders and presenting this information to evaluators by enabling bidders to provide tender responses and upload bid documentation directly into AWARD®

AWARD® Interaction provides:

  • Secure document transfer and data storage
  • Bidder acknowledgement function ensures external users accept terms and conditions before accessing the project
  • Clarification management, control and audit
  • Bid upload capability, including offline submission function
  • Full reporting capabilities
  • Full, robust event log audit
  • Sealed answer books ensure bids are not accessed prior to tender deadlines
  • Bidder/Supplier submission tools.
Market engagement

Market engagement

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AWARD and our services team support activities to engage the market to identify bidders and potential solutions ahead of the competition.

Our support in this area includes:
  • Information landscape, document research and review.
  • Market Engagement.
  • Information sharing and communications.
  • Market information management system.
  • Options report writing.
Real Value for Money

Real Value for Money

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Many of the traditional techniques for determining value for money are flawed and can introduce unanticipated effects which fail to deliver the best value solution. As a result, Commerce Decisions developed the Real Value for Money (RVfM) methodology that takes a different approach to previous methods and ensures that value for money is achieved.

RVfM provides a robust and transparent supplier selection mechanism, ensuring that a project team’s scoring methodology has the desired effect. The RVfM process delivers:

  • A robust and efficient method for buyers to define what they mean by value for money
  • Techniques for undertaking sensitivity analysis
  • A robust way of ranking each and every bid
  • A transparent mechanism for the scoring of bids
  • The ability for each bidder to optimise their bid in order to deliver the best value for money solution possible.
Reporting

Reporting

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The reporting capability in AWARD® is comprehensive and wide-ranging across all the modules.
Standard templated reports are available ‘out of the box’ and an easy to use Report Wizard enables creation of any other reports that may be required by the procurement team or senior management. Seamless export to Microsoft Excel® and Word® supports further analysis, use of standard templates and effective sharing of information.

Structured Criteria Development

Structured Criteria Development

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Developed in response to the increasing demand for maximised value for money and the need to reduce costs and minimise risks, Structured Criteria Development (SCD) enables the creation of robust, fit for purpose and defensible contract award criteria for use on any recognised procurement process regardless of size or complexity. SCD focuses on the definition of goals, the analysis of dependencies and the identification of assurance criteria.

Structured Criteria Development enables users to:

  • Identify and record the goals of high level organisational needs
  • Deliver a robust audit trail of decisions
  • Identify, record and assess dependencies and risks
  • Record the evidence required and formulate the evaluator guidance to ensure the evidence is assessed correctly
  • Perform sensitivity analysis on the requirements to ensure appropriate scoring schemes and weightings are applied to key criteria.
Supplier engagement

Supplier engagement

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The Supplier Engagement capability allows organisations to self-register and then bid for opportunities.

Once registered, an organisation can then submit bids on multiple projects (as made available by the buying Authority)

Weighting workshop

Weighting workshop

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The AWARD® Weighting Workshop tool provides project teams with the ability to develop robust weightings against their criteria set. It enables thorough testing and sensitivity analysis to be carried out, ensuring that the desired, best value for money outcome is achieved from the competition. AWARD® weighting Workshop enables a team to apply a meaningful set of weights across the project’s criteria set. Simply put, without a robust weighting mechanism in place the end result has little or no quantifiable relation to the difference between each solution, resulting in a serious risk of making the wrong choice. The AWARD® Weighting Workshop tool gives project teams the confidence that their decision-making process isn’t being exposed to any unnecessary risk; both in terms of being able to defend a decision and also how well the chosen solution actually meets the requirements of the internal stakeholders.

SERVICES

In addition to our suite of solutions we also offer a variety of support available 8.00am – 18.00pm Monday – Friday. The level of support provided is entirely dependent on the needs of the client or project and our brilliant services team are always on hand to help as and when the need arises.

AWARD® Support

We offer a range of services to help clients adopt and make best use of the AWARD® solution; these include support with configuration, evaluation and reporting as well as building templates.

AWARD® Support Desk

Our support desk provides direct technical support to our customers by phone and email available 8.00am – 18.00pm Monday – Friday (GMT).

ExpertAssist

ExpertAssist is the complete support package available only to AWARD® users. Primarily a phone/email service, our expertly trained staff are on hand to offer advice and support at every stage of the creation, management and evaluation of projects in AWARD®. ExpertAssist users will also receive a bi-monthly newsletter, including the latest news, FAQs and expert insight. To view an example of our ExpertAssist newsletter, click here.

Thought-leadership and best practice advice/seminars?

Our consultants provide the knowledge and experience to help you in all stages of the procurement life cycle. Services include the delivery of our Real Value for Money (RVfM) and Structured Criteria Development (SCD) methodologies.

Training courses

We also offer specific training courses for AWARD® users, covering everything from best-practice to peer review. To find out more about our training courses, click here

Ad hoc support

Ad hoc support

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We offer a range of services to help clients adopt and make best use of the AWARD® solution; these include support with configuration, evaluation and reporting as well as building templates.

ExpertAssist

ExpertAssist

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ExpertAssist is the complete support package available only to AWARD® users. Primarily a phone/email service, our expertly trained staff are on hand to offer advice and support at every stage of the creation, management and evaluation of projects in AWARD®. ExpertAssist users will also receive a bi-monthly newsletter, including the latest news, FAQs and expert insight. To view an example of our Expert Assist newsletter, click here.

Expert service & thought leadership

Expert service & thought leadership

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Our consultants provide the knowledge and experience to help you in all stages of the procurement life cycle. Services include the delivery of our Real Value for Money (RVfM) and Structured Criteria Development (SCD) methodologies.

FT managed service

FT managed service

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Our consultants can join your team for an agreed period; facilitating the end to-end evaluation process and bringing together many of our service offerings into an optimal and cost-efficient package.

HelpDesk

HelpDesk

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Our support desk provides direct technical support to our customers by phone and email available 8.00am – 18.00pm Monday – Friday (GMT).

Training

ExpertAssist AWARD<sup>®</sup> Training Course

ExpertAssist AWARD® Training Course

Duration: 1 day

The training is delivered in one day. 

Location: Milton Park, Oxfordshire or at a client’s site (for up to ten attendees). 

Course description

As part of the ExpertAssist package, users can attend this regular ExpertAssist AWARD® 6 training course.

This course is focused on the use of standard AWARD®

AWARD<sup>®</sup> Master Training Course 

AWARD® Master Training Course 

Duration: 2 days plus 1 follow up day

The Master Training Course enables organisations to get the most out of AWARD based on their own specific Procurement processes. The first part of the course (days 1-2) will be delivered by an AWARD expert who will start with the basics such as setting up users. By the end participants will have the knowledge to create, manage and effectively run projects…

AWARD<sup>®</sup> Evaluator Briefing

AWARD® Evaluator Briefing

Duration: Half day

Location: This briefing is usually offered on-site at the client’s premises, but can be offered at Commerce Decisions’ offices if required. There is no strict limit on attendees, but we recommend no more than 20.

Course description

On any significant procurement project multiple evaluators are involved, often from various different…

Principles of Tender Evaluation

Principles of Tender Evaluation

Duration

1 day

Description

This course summarises best practice and methodologies for making supplier selection decisions. It focuses on improving value for money, making robust and defensible decisions and meeting legislative and regulatory requirements during the strategic procurement process. The course addresses the entire evaluation…