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Taking the risk out of complex procurement

Strategic procurements involve multiple stakeholders and can be incredibly risky and expensive - typically eating up more than 50% of annual spend and accounting for 90% of the risk.

By their very nature, they have a big impact on your business performance. Navigating your way through the pitfalls and challenges of these projects isn’t easy – and yet making the correct decision is critical.

That’s where our AWARD® Solution comes in. Since 2001 we have been helping buyers to confidently and efficiently select the best supplier, whilst keeping a clear audit trail and managing multiple team members. And we're incredibly proud of what AWARD® has achieved so far: 

  • Over $500 billion worth of projects evaluated
  • 16.7k projects supported across the globe 
  • Average time savings of 40% per project 
  • 96% customer retention 

Our AWARD® Solution comprises the three elements below; together bringing the most comprehensive strategic evaluation capability to market: 

AWARD® Software

The AWARD® software offers a range of modules to simplify and organise even the most complex procurement projects, so you can concentrate on achieving better outcomes. Take a look at our different modules on the right. 

AWARD® Services

Our hands-on experts support your project, assist with the software, and share the very latest in thought leadership. Stay ahead of the curve with our proven methodologies. Our services are included on the right, underpinned by our software. 

AWARD® Training

From best practice tips for using our software, to a detailed knowledge share of our unrivalled expertise, we offer a range of training sessions to empower you in your role as a buyer.

 

So what are you waiting for? Find out more about AWARD® and how it can help you achieve best possible procurement outcome, by getting in touch here

 

Dataroom

Dataroom

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Take control and streamline the management of project documents and communications, with AWARD® Dataroom.

Key features include:

• A secure, resilient cloud data environment for peace of mind
• Efficient document and workflow management, taking away the headache of managing multiple communications
• Robust access management to keep you in control of your users
• Clear, efficient, and auditable communication to protect you from challenges
• An intuitive user interface for ease of use

 

Evaluation

Evaluation

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Evaluation has a huge part to play in the successful delivery of the best possible outcome on your project. Confidence that your evaluation process will guide you to the successful award of your contract is critical. Our core module, AWARD® evaluation, offers a unique focus and depth of functionality for this pivotal stage of your procurement allowing you to:

  • Conduct robust, transparent evaluations
  • Work collaboratively with multiple stakeholders
  • Control workflow and focus resource
  • Control and mitigate risk
  • Reduce time to contract
  • Utilize real-time reporting for valuable insight
  • Deliver effective bidder debriefs to protect you from challenges
Interaction

Interaction

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Gathering information from bidders and presenting it to evaluators can be unnecessarily time consuming and complex. With AWARD® Interaction, bidders can provide tender responses and upload bid documentation directly into AWARD®. Created out of a need to streamline this process, AWARD® Interaction provides:

  • Secure document transfer and data storage
  • Clarification management, control and audit
  • Bid upload capability, including offline submission function for time saving efficiencies
  • Full reporting capabilities
  • A sealed answer book to ensure bids are not accessed prior to tender deadlines
Market engagement

Market engagement

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Good early engagement with potential suppliers routinely leads to better competition outcomes. By developing an accurate understanding of your marketplace, you allow for better decisions to be made. So, where do you begin? Our AWARD® Market Engagement module is here to help you plan for success by supporting:

  • Information landscape, document research and review
  • Information sharing and communications
  • Market information management
  • Options report writing This module will ensure your project is primed for success, right from the offset.
Real Value for Money

Real Value for Money

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Supported by our expert services, the AWARD® RVfM module has been specifically designed to support our pioneering methodology for determining value for money. Through our RVfM module you can:

  • Avoid the pitfalls of commonly used methodologies
  • Define value for money and undertake sensitivity analysis
  • Ensure a robust ranking for each bid
  • Utilize a transparent scoring mechanism
  • Allow bidders to optimise their bid in order to deliver the best value for money solution possible
  • Ensure value for money is achieved
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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As pressure on delivering successful outcomes continues to grow, there is an ever-increasing need to develop a robust set of criteria against which to procure your solution. . But we’ve got you covered – with the AWARD® SCD module you’re armed with a comprehensive set of tools and processes to:

  • Create robust, fit for purpose and defensible contract award criteria
  • Ensure stakeholders are consistently directed to a single version of the truth
  • Deliver a consensus view of requirement variables
  • Record engagement with geographically displaced stakeholders
  • Remove undue influence from independent thought

The Requirements Management tool forms part of the AWARD® SCD module. It provides a collaborative environment for the development of requirements during the early phases of a project or programme, well before the consideration and development of the evaluation 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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Empowering you with the confidence that your decision-making process can be defended if necessary, and that your chosen solution neatly aligns to the requirements of your stakeholders - this is where our Weighting Workshop comes into play. Included as part of the RVfM module, or as a standalone, this tool:

  • Enables you to apply a meaningful set of weights across the project’s criteria set
  • Takes you through thorough testing and sensitivity analysis to help achieve success
  • Gives internal stakeholders the confidence that their requirements are being fairly considered and taken into account when choosing a solution
  • Provides a robust process to ensure your chosen supplier meets team requirements

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

AWARD® Training for UK MOD

AWARD® Training for UK MOD

Exclusively for the UK MOD, we run a range of complimentary workshops, as part of our ongoing corporate agreement.

From AWARD® software training, to best-practice advice and guidance, each workshop is here to upskill you in in your role, ensure consistency across the MOD and help secure best possible outcomes for your projects.

The workshops include:

Principles…

AWARD® Value for Money

AWARD® Value for Money

Duration: 2 days

Location: This course can be run either at your office or at our Milton Park, Oxfordshire site. There is no strict limit on attendees, but we recommend no more than 10.

Why attend? 

Understand how to improve Value for Money (VFM) in your procurement processes and avoid common pitfalls that impact upon overall VFM. On…

AWARD® Accreditation

AWARD® Accreditation

In recognition of the level of expertise you can achieve through completing each level of our expert AWARD® training, we’ve launched three digital badges: Foundation, Intermediate and Expert. These badges can be used online to promote the level of accreditation you’ve reached and can be embedded on an email signature, website, social media platforms or a digital CV. 

AWARD® Foundation 

The…

AWARD® User

AWARD® User

Duration: 1 day

Location: This course can be run either at your office or at our Milton Park, Oxfordshire site (for up to 10 attendees). 

Why attend?

On this course you will learn how to use AWARD® most effectively to support your procurement project activities. You will gain the knowledge you need to make decisions about how…

Evaluator Preparation and Guidance

Evaluator Preparation and Guidance

Duration: Half day

Location: This course can be run either at your office or at our Milton Park, Oxfordshire site. 

Why attend? 

How do you ensure your evaluation avoids bias and mitigates the risk of a successful challenge? This course provides the support you'll need to help you become an efficient and effective evaluator. You'll learn how to ensure…

Principles of Tender Evaluation

Principles of Tender Evaluation

Duration: 1 day

Location: This course can be run either at your office or at our Milton Park, Oxfordshire site. There is no strict limit on attendees, but we recommend no more than 10

Why attend? 

Learn how to deploy consistent best practice methodologies when making supplier selection decisions and how to introduce specific methods and…

AWARD® Weighting Workshop

AWARD® Weighting Workshop

Duration: 1 day

This one-day course introduces the AWARD® criteria weighting factors and is designed to help you set up and facilitatie your own Weighing Workshops. 

Why attend?

 This course will provide you with the knowledge you need to facilitate your own Weighting Workshops within AWARD® 

Course objective

This workshop is…

AWARD® Configuration

AWARD® Configuration

Duration: 1 day

Location: This course can be run at your offices or our Milton Park, Oxfordshire site (for up to ten attendees). 

Why attend?

This interactive course gives you all the essential skills to start using AWARD® to effectively configure and manage your procurement projects.

Course description

This…