Open Windows now available through Local Buy

 In Contract Management, Local Government, News

Australia’s premium contract lifecycle management solution is now available through leading government procurement partner Local Buy.

In late 2020, Open Windows Software became a registered supplier under Local Buy’s BUS274 ICT Solutions & Services contract, which provides approved purchasers direct access to “competent, reliable” source-to-contract suppliers through a streamlined time and cost-effective procurement process.

“Source-to-Contract lifecycle management is a business-critical application space for Local Government entities, but the procurement process for business systems can be cumbersome and expensive,” says Adam McInnes, Open Windows CEO.

“By entering into this arrangement with Local Buy we are making it easier for councils to buy our premium solution for sourcing and contract management.”

Adam adds that the arrangement enables local government to select a solution that meets their needs, no matter how complex.

“Most [councils] need more than a basic Contract Register system. They need a solution that offers wide and deep functional benefit for their organisation that can be used in a simple way, or for more complex transactional and high-risk contracts and capital works contracts, integrated with ERP.”

“Local Buy now offers several systems that councils can evaluate and choose from, and they should take the opportunity to choose the best system for their needs.”

Warren Shaw, Open Windows Software’s Manager Northern Region says the arrangement re-enforces Open Windows’ commitment to “providing government organisations not only with choice, but easy access to a long-term solution providing significant benefits that can only be achieved with an end-to-end integrated system.”

“Councils with a significant Capital Works budget need end-to-end processes underpinned by a system that assists with project and financial management,” Warren adds.

“Projects typically consist of multiple contracts and suppliers, so it’s critical for councils to manage projects down to the individual contract and supplier level, otherwise project spend can often escalate beyond budgetary constraints.”

“Our solution reduces the risk associated with complex contracts and projects highlighting potential supplier & contract performance issues before they escalate, so that procurement & project professionals can manage by exception.”

The benefit of this systemised approach, Warren says, is twofold for councils.

“By way of example, a council with a $100 million annual spend can conservatively save $1 million a year in combined direct and in-direct costs while significantly reducing business risk, thereby avoiding potentially embarrassing and costly financial outcomes.”

Approved councils from Queensland, Tasmania and the Northern Territory can access the Open Windows Software solution under the Local Buy BUS274 agreement.



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