The Center for Procurement Excellence is pleased to announce a free new interactive web series, “Ask of the RFP Doctor”. In this first-of-its-kind virtual discussion, procurement experts provide practical advice in addressing today’s purchasing, supply chain, and acquisition challenges. Here’s how it works:

• Teaching Moment (15 minutes): the RFP Doctor will kick things off with a brief presentation targeted at a specific topic

• CPE Virtual Peer Group (30 minutes): next, we will split up into small groups and give attendees an opportunity to network with each other and have a discussion on a relevant topic. Learn More

• Ask the RFP Doctor – Office Hours (15 minutes or until the questions run out!): we’ll come back together for an open Q&A session.  Have a challenging RFP ahead?  Have a unique situation?  Bring your questions and let’s get it figured out!

Third Thursdays of every month starting at 12:00pm Central

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How to do market research more effectively?

Procurement professionals will learn how to identify vendors, critical scope elements, understand industry norms, and evaluate internal capabilities.

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“Don’t Worry, the Contract Will Save Us”

This teaching moment will expose the biggest fallacy in procurement and project delivery. Although the contract is necessary, it’s not what drives successful project outcomes. What does? Come join us and find out!

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Handling Large IT Hardware Buys With Different Scope Packages

A common question in large IT procurements is, “Can one vendor do it all?” This session will explain how to structure your RFP to solve this question, including firsthand experiences from a former state Chief Procurement Officer.

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The Value of Debriefings

Providing debriefings to proposers can be challenging and feel a bit awkward, but effective debriefing strategies add tremendous value, help minimize protests, and show vendors that you are truly a Client of Choice!

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Vendor of Record Programs

They go by many names: standing order, on-call, IDIQ, vendor rosters, and more! Join us to learn key considerations when setting up a Vendor of Record program & common mistakes that organizations make.

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7 Most Deadly Marketing Phrases

Evaluators beware! These 7 marketing phrases are cluttered across EVERY proposal you read. Join us to learn how to spot them. Don’t be fooled by marketing fluff that adds no value!

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CPE Virtual Peer Groups

CPE’s Virtual Peer Groups provide attendees an opportunity to network in one of four areas below. We’ll provide a suggested topic, and invite attendees to provide feedback and advice with each other.

Peer GroupDescription
Leadership of Procurement GroupsCPOs, Procurement Leaderships, Executives
IT ProcurementAll things IT including software, hardware, system integrator, and more
Capital Projects & Alternative DeliveryStrategies for large design and construction, including best practices for new alternative delivery methods (DB, PDB, CMAR/CMGC, IPD, P3)
Procurement ProcessesStatements of Work, Evaluations, Interviews, Clarification, Partnering