In its first year of operation, one of LOTI’s three work areas has focused on improving public sector’s technology procurement. As part of this, in November last year and in collaboration with Bloomberg Associates, we launched the City Tools: London – a report and dashboard which showcased all the technologies and accompanying contracts that enable local authorities in London to deliver their services.
Boroughs told us they’d like to see more of this data as standard, to enable them to share good practice about technologies they use and collaborate where possible, to procure better and to understand new innovations in the marketplace. To address these specific needs we built Thirty3 – a platform which with boroughs help and support, we hope will become the much needed one-stop for boroughs and SMEs.
Another strand we’ve initiated work on in the past year has been improving procurement processes, taking Housing Services contracts as an example of how things can be improved. Building on all this, we’ve recently commissioned the team at PUBLIC to work with us in three main areas:
- Creating Innovation in Procurement Guidance
- Applying the Innovation in Procurement Guidance to a specific opportunity
- Reviewing and suggesting improvements to Thirty3 Data