“The idea Deambrogio came up with was particularly challenging: to reinvent the city’s procurement process. Deambrogio, who works in this area, noticed how rule-bound purchasing procedures had a way of stifling innovation. If the city’s buyers didn’t know a creative solution existed in the marketplace, there was virtually no chance of the city procuring it.
Deambrogio’s idea was to create a cross-sectoral team of “smart” procurement experts who can assist all the different city departments in different phases of the purchasing process. They’d help identify the city’s needs, help analyze what innovative goods and services are available, help prepare the tender documents, and help evaluate the proposals.
“We have built up a team of facilitators to support their colleagues in different city departments,” Deambrogio says. “It is contributing to make tender procedures more efficient, because it is not possible to apply normal rules to the tenders regarding innovation.”
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