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COMMERCE DECISIONS AND PROACTIS WIN CONTRACTS WITH TRANSPORT FOR LONDON TO DELIVER COMPREHENSIVE SOURCING SOLUTION SET

COMMERCE DECISIONS AND PROACTIS WIN CONTRACTS WITH TRANSPORT FOR LONDON TO DELIVER COMPREHENSIVE SOURCING SOLUTION SET

Oct 10, 2018

COMMERCE DECISIONS HAS SUCCESSFULLY BID TO PROVIDE TRANSPORT FOR LONDON WITH THE AWARD® SOLUTION ALONGSIDE PROACTIS AS PART OF AN ONGOING SOURCING IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME.

New company branding launch

New company branding launch

Oct 04, 2018

We are proud to announce the launch of our new company branding today. Following the rebrand of our parent company, QinetiQ, we've taken the opportunity to refresh our branding across all our channels.

This is an exciting evolution for the Commerce Decisions brand and supports our continued investment in our business, giving us a coherent and clean platform to underpin our continued expansion…

Commerce Decisions awarded contract to Support DND’s Future Fighter Capability Project

Commerce Decisions awarded contract to Support DND’s Future Fighter Capability Project

Jun 13, 2018

Commerce Decisions, a QinetiQ company, has secured a strategically important contract with the Government of Canada to support the competitive procurement process to replace Canada’s fighter fleet with 88 advanced jets.

As outlined in Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, Canada will purchase the fighter aircraft to contribute to the safety and security of Canadians and to…

Commerce Decisions supports Infrastructure Ontario

Commerce Decisions supports Infrastructure Ontario

Jan 17, 2018

Commerce Decisions has secured a strategically important contract with Infrastructure Ontario (IO), a Crown Agency owned by the Province of Ontario. IO provides a wide range of services to support the Ontario government’s initiatives to modernize and to maximize the value of public infrastructure and real estate.

IO acts as procurement and commercial lead for major public infrastructure…

Commerce Decisions announces the launch of new Weighting Workshop tool

Commerce Decisions announces the launch of new Weighting Workshop tool

Oct 03, 2017

Commerce Decisions, providers of the world-leading, innovative AWARD® procurement evaluation software solution, is delighted to announce the launch of the Weighting Workshop tool. Previously available as part of the AWARD® RVfM module, the enhanced Weighting Workshop tool is now available as a standalone, separately licensed component.

Designed to enable project teams to lay the foundations…

Commerce Decisions announces sponsorship of the P3/PPP/Partnerships Bulletin Conferences and Awards

Commerce Decisions announces sponsorship of the P3/PPP/Partnerships Bulletin Conferences and Awards

Sep 19, 2017

Commerce Decisions is delighted to be working in partnership with Partnerships Bulletin once again as the official technology sponsor for the upcoming P3 events in the US, Australia and the UK. 

Commerce Decisions delivers the AWARD® procurement evaluation software, best practice knowledge and expert evaluation procurement services to support strategic, complex, or high risk…

Commerce Decisions supports the delivery of critical new body armour system for UK troops

Commerce Decisions supports the delivery of critical new body armour system for UK troops

Jul 17, 2017

The UK MOD selected the AWARD evaluation solution, together with Commerce Decisions services, to support Project Virtus.

Project Virtus is aimed at delivering a new body armour system for infantry which will increase agility and make it easier to carry heavy equipment.

Virtus will deliver an integrated head, torso and load carriage system with a built-in quick release capability, …

Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges in Scotland

Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges in Scotland

Mar 14, 2017

APUC (Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges) Ltd is the procurement centre of expertise for Scotland’s universities and colleges.

The AWARD evaluation solution is used across all APUC's strategic procurements, providing a consistent and repeatable method of engaging stakeholders and collating the evaluation scores together with the justifications into a robust and defensile…

Ceredigion County Council implements AWARD to overcome procurement challenges

Ceredigion County Council implements AWARD to overcome procurement challenges

Dec 14, 2016

As a direct result of using the AWARD evaluation solution, Ceredigion CC and its partners have saved significant time, money and effort in comparison to using traditional paper-based methods for running procurements.

“It’s been great to engage local suppliers and SMEs, ensuring that the community can be involved in their county’s development. I would recommend AWARD® to anyone running a…

“Procurement can be Innovative.” Right?

“Procurement can be Innovative.” Right?

May 23, 2016

By Peter Marshall, Professional Services Director, Commerce Decisions

“It absolutely does matter; the goal of any business must be to improve the quality of service to its customer base and turn a profit or, in the case of the public sector – to do more with less.” 

Innovation can broadly be described as the implementation of new ideas,…

Commerce Decisions to support UK MOD’s Combat Footwear Project

Commerce Decisions to support UK MOD’s Combat Footwear Project

Feb 23, 2016

Commerce Decisions Ltd, a QinetiQ company, has been engaged by the Ministry of Defence and Team Leidos, the new UK MOD logistic commodities and services provider, to support their Combat Footwear procurement.

Suitable footwear is an ongoing requirement of military operations and this procurement covers five types of footwear in individual Lots: Combat High Liability, Desert Combat…

AWARD<sup>®</sup> hosted service established in Australia

AWARD® hosted service established in Australia

Aug 28, 2015

As a result of continued growth following the establishment of Commerce Decisions Pty Ltd in May 2015, Commerce Decisions has invested in the provision of local access to the AWARD®tender evaluation solution through a secure hosted service in Australia.

Commerce Decisions is working with Canberra-based provider of cloud computing services, Sliced Tech.  Sliced Tech’s IT operations…

Commerce Decisions to support DND’s Canadian Surface Combatant programme

Commerce Decisions to support DND’s Canadian Surface Combatant programme

May 27, 2015

Commerce Decisions, a QinetiQ company, has secured a strategically important contract with Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) and the Department of National Defence (DND). This advisory contract will facilitate the delivery of bid evaluation criteria which will be used to assess prospective Warship Designers and Combat Systems Integrators for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC).

Commerce…

MOD renews Corporate Licence Agreement for the AWARD<sup>®</sup> Solution

MOD renews Corporate Licence Agreement for the AWARD® Solution

May 27, 2015

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has renewed its corporate licence agreement with Commerce Decisions, leading provider of software and services to support through-life procurement and delivery processes.  This is the third successive year that the MOD has contracted for enterprise-wide use of the AWARD® solution to support the delivery of its procurement process.

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Commerce Decisions establishes permanent presence in Australia

Commerce Decisions establishes permanent presence in Australia

May 22, 2015

Commerce Decisions, a QinetiQ company, has established a permanent local presence in Canberra, Australia, through the registration of Commerce Decisions Pty Ltd. The decision to formally enter the Australian market is driven by significant opportunity and demand for Commerce Decisions’ procurement expertise and delivery of the AWARD® software solution. Considerable interest has been shown…

NHS England and 13 out of 17 NHS CSUs use the AWARD<sup>®</sup> procurement solution

NHS England and 13 out of 17 NHS CSUs use the AWARD® procurement solution

Jan 04, 2015

NHS ENGLAND AND 13 OUT OF 17 NHS COMMISSIONING SUPPORT UNITS NOW USE THE AWARD® PROCUREMENT SOLUTION

Commerce Decisions and its AWARD® solution have been widely deployed across the NHS for over ten years, delivering robust, defensible procurements and significant savings. Indeed, NHS England and 13 of the 17 NHS Commissioning Support Units (CSUs) currently…

Thames Water selects Commerce Decisions & BravoSolution to support the end-to-end procurement process for the Thames Tideway Tunnel

Thames Water selects Commerce Decisions & BravoSolution to support the end-to-end procurement process for the Thames Tideway Tunnel

May 15, 2014

Thames Water has selected the AWARD® evaluation solution from Commerce Decisions together with BravoSolution’s tendering toolset to support the delivery of the £4.1bn Thames Tideway Tunnel.

Jonathan Ferry, Thames Tideway Tunnel Programme Procurement Manager, stated, “We have elected to use these systems in the belief that they offer a robust and consistent way for us to deal with…

Commerce Decisions moves to new office

Commerce Decisions moves to new office

May 02, 2014

Commerce Decisions, provider of best practice knowledge, expert services, and the AWARD® software solution to the procurement industry, is delighted to announce their move into new office space at 101 Park Drive on Milton Park near Abingdon in Oxfordshire. 101 Park Drive is one of two buildings that boast the only Grade A office accommodation in Oxfordshire.

The move is prompted…

Spend Matters – article on procurement best practice, AWARD<sup>®</sup> & Commerce Decisions

Spend Matters – article on procurement best practice, AWARD® & Commerce Decisions

Nov 28, 2013

Tender Evaluation – Commerce Decisions event highlights key issues

Peter Smith

I spoke recently at the Commerce Decisions (CD) “AWARD®” user group – AWARD® being their tender management and evaluation software. It’s designed to handle the biggest and most complex tendering situations, so it is no surprise that the UK Ministry of Defence…

CIPS Supply Management Awards 2013

CIPS Supply Management Awards 2013

Sep 21, 2013

The CIPS Supply Management Awards 2013 was once again an enjoyable, well-attended event. QinetiQ Commerce Decisions is proud of its  association with the event, being the technology sponsor for the sixth consecutive year.

“It was good to be part of such an impressive celebration of the successes achieved by procurement professionals from all sectors,” Gavin Shepheard, Sales Director, QinetiQ…

AWARD<sup>®</sup> User Group 2013

AWARD® User Group 2013

Sep 21, 2013

Wednesday 13th & Thursday 14th November

Oxford Science Park, Oxford

The annual AWARD® User Group is your opportunity to meet and network with other AWARD® users and to hear presentations from users across different sectors. It also offers the chance to speak to our consultants and trainers, and to attend workshops focused on procurement…

MOD sign corporate licence agreement for AWARD<sup>®</sup>

MOD sign corporate licence agreement for AWARD®

Apr 22, 2013

MOD SIGNS CORPORATE LICENCE AGREEMENT FOR QINETIQ COMMERCE DECISIONS’ AWARD® SOLUTION TO SUPPORT TENDER ASSESSMENT PROCESS

QinetiQ Commerce Decisions, leading provider of software and services to support through-life procurement and delivery processes, announces that the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has signed a corporate licence agreement for the AWARD®

Education Funding Agency selects Commerce Decisions’ AWARD<sup>®</sup> for £2.4 billion Priority School Building Programme

Education Funding Agency selects Commerce Decisions’ AWARD® for £2.4 billion Priority School Building Programme

Mar 25, 2013

The Education Funding Agency (EFA), an Executive Agency of the Department for Education (DfE) has selected Commerce Decisions’ AWARD® software and services to support the delivery of the £2.4bn, 5-year Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP).

EFA provides revenue and capital funding for education (for students aged 3 – 19) and supports the delivery of building and maintenance…

Crossrail use AWARD<sup>®</sup> as part of £14.8bn programme

Crossrail use AWARD® as part of £14.8bn programme

Mar 15, 2012

QinetiQ Commerce Decisions, a leading provider of software and services to support through-life procurement and delivery processes, are working with Crossrail to support the delivery of their multi-billion pound railway development works for London and the South East.

Crossrail will comprise 21km of twin-bore tunnels under the centre of London and eight new underground stations. Crossrail…

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The NHS – Keeping up with pace and change

Jul 17, 2013

Procurement professionals I meet across the NHS have mixed opinions and feelings about how the recent changes are affecting their organisations. The health reforms have affected staff at all levels, and account managing our NHS clients has made me appreciate first-hand how things in procurement never stand still for very long. After all it was only 3 months ago that the majority of health service…

Why Has the Quality of Tender Responses Improved?

Jul 05, 2013

Technical Score improvement

Figure 1: The graph shows how technical scores have improved over a two year period

I have recently analysed data gathered from a large programme of public sector procurements spanning the past two years.…

Why Model Answers are a bad thing!

Jun 21, 2013

As part of the process of being able to demonstrate that a purchasing authority is being open, fair and objective in its assessment of tenders, it is common practice for the evaluation to take place as follows:

1. A panel of subject matter experts (SMEs) assesses the submitted tenders against the criteria using the published scoring guidance. Each SME works independently of all others…

The Use of Tender Evaluation Information in Contract Management

May 21, 2013

For some years now, it has always been a mystery to me why public sector buying organisations generally keep procurement and contract management completely separated (almost like that distant cousin you have who you know exists somewhere but you’ve got no idea what they are doing or where they are living and would never dream of engaging in any form of conversation).

In my experience,…

How long should it take to evaluate a tender?

Apr 11, 2013

I’m often asked by evaluators: “How long will it take to complete the evaluation?” This is usually followed by: “I still have my day job to do.”

The common answer to this question is it is almost impossible to tell until the tenders have been opened. However, it is possible to provide an estimate so that the adjudicator and his or her managers can plan the evaluation…

The effect of Government downsizing on SMEs

Mar 23, 2013

I was with a government procurement representative recently. She happened to mention that the reduction in procurement staff meant that they were being encouraged to place contracts that encompassed more and more capability. This policy is to get them ready for yet more post cuts. Simply put, if the number of contracts isn’t reduced the remaining staff will not be able to cope with the workload…

How to pick a winner

Feb 09, 2013


Yet again I find myself “discussing” with a potential Public Sector client the importance of allocating sufficient time and resource to develop the evaluation criteria they will have to publish with their ITT, but this time I’ve finally realised why clients think they can afford to give this short thrift up front: they mistakenly believe they are going to decide who wins their competition…

Procurement Lottery

Jan 26, 2013

Last week, bemused colleagues asked me to comment of the reported use, in the Czech Republic, of lotteries for awarding contracts. The seeming unfairness of this was attracting their interest partly because at first sight it seems incompatible with the use of our eEvaluation software, AWARD. This reminded me of some work we have done over the last few years with a client who at one point was seriously…

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