We've unashamedly been referencing the excellent Local Government Associaton's "Guide to Dynamic Purchasing Systems" in many conversations with clients and prospective clients.
The guide offers practical advice on what to consider when deciding on a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS), and asks the reviewer to consider the conditions within which a DPS is better used.
The concept and use of DPSs is not a new one and, the LGA states, following the PECR 2015 Public Contract Regulations (2015) became a more considered and more used procurement option in public sector commissioning.
The report also explores the upside, or key benefits, of using a DPS arrangement, namely:
OK, so it's not a game of bingo.
However - there are definitely some key considerations to take when determining if the conditions within which you currently operate might require a Dynamic Purchasing System.
The more of these questions you can answer "Yes!" to, the more you are going to need to consider using a DPS:
And as we have stated in our white paper
When you have access to a dynamic supplier network which enables you to configure across more axes than cost (additionally: quality; sustainability; performance; relevance) you can help enable improved individual wellbeing.
The LGA offers tips to aid decision making for those reviewing their options: speak to others who have set up a DPS; engage with key stakeholders; don't underestimate challenges around cultural change; build a robust business case....
....and we would add one: work with a professional organisation like adam, who have a proven DPS technology platform, successfully used in public sector by clients up and down the country.
Here's the link to the report for you