(KITCHENER, ONTARIO, November 12, 2019) – Bonfire Interactive Ltd. (“Bonfire”), a business unit of GTY Technology and a leader in strategic sourcing and procurement software, has released the 2019 State of the RFP Report, a benchmarking study which provides insights to improve the effectiveness of the public sector Request for Proposal (RFP) process.
Now in its third instalment, this much-anticipated annual report is based on analysis of anonymized first-party data from the Bonfire Strategic Sourcing platform, comprised of over $1.4 billion in combined spend across 6,000 public sector RFP projects. The report includes a foreword by Terry White, Associate Senior Analyst with Ovum.
“In the age of digital transformation and citizen-centricity, public sector organizations will need more RFPs to gear up to meet citizen needs, and they will need to process RFPs faster and more efficiently,” said White. “The data provided in the State of the RFP offers powerful insights to inform improvements in RFP cycle times, quality, and processes, ultimately providing more choice and better costs to the public sector.”
Key insights from the report
- Public sector RFPs struggle to attract a competitive vendor pool. Twelve percent of public sector RFPs receive only one vendor submission, and 45% received three or fewer vendor submissions. This limits procurement’s ability to ensure best value for public funds.
- Vendor disqualifications are on the decline. The number of vendor submissions that are disqualified from RFP competitions is four percent, down from nearly 15% in 2014. In parallel, there has also been a significant decrease in the number of proposals disqualified for missing documents. As adoption of digital submission tools increases, human error in the vendor submission process is greatly diminished, leading to more viable submissions.
- Increased competition is a key to increased cost savings. The average RFP achieves 22% in cost savings. However, given that each additional vendor increases the price spread (and thus savings potential) by 3%, attracting more vendors is a key lever for procurement teams to improve cost savings.
“Data is a game-changer for procurement teams as they ascend from clerical function to collaborative partner in public organizations,” said Corry Flatt, CEO of Bonfire. “We’re committed to putting timely, relevant procurement data in the hands of procurement teams to help them build a better RFP process and deliver RFP outcomes to advance their organizations’ strategic goals.”
Flatt will be sharing the results of the 2019 State of the RFP Report in an exclusive webinar today at 1 pm EST. The report will be available immediately following the webinar. To register for the webinar and access the full report, click here.
About Bonfire Interactive Inc.
Bonfire Interactive Inc. (“Bonfire”) is a business unit of GTY Technology Holdings Inc. and a leader in strategic sourcing and procurement software. Bonfire empowers organizations to find the right vendors and make the right purchasing decisions with ease and confidence. With tools to support the entire vendor lifecycle (sourcing, contract management, and vendor performance), Bonfire goes beyond traditional mechanics of standard procurement suites to make complex decision-making easy. The combination of flexible technology and world-class customer service makes Bonfire the solution of choice for both public and private sector organizations. Bonfire is an award-winning solution recognized by industry-leading outlets including Gartner, GovTech, Spend Matters, Best in SaaS, and the International Business Awards.
About GTY Technology Holdings Inc.
GTY Technology Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: GTYH) (“GTY”) brings leading government technology companies together to achieve a new standard in citizen engagement and resource management. Through its six business units, GTY offers an intuitive cloud-based suite of solutions for state and local governments spanning functions in procurement, payments, grant management, budgeting, and permitting: Bonfire provides strategic sourcing and procurement software to enable confident and compliant spending decisions; CityBase provides government payment solutions to connect constituents with utilities and government agencies; eCivis offers a grant management system to maximize grant revenues and track performance; Open Counter provides government payment software to guide applicants through complex permitting and licensing procedures; Questica offers budget preparation and management software to deliver on financial and non-financial strategic objectives; Sherpa provides public sector budgeting software and consulting services.
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