When and why AWARD®?
Trusted by many of the world’s most important procurements, AWARD® is a flexible and scalable software solution underpinned by our expert services, specifically designed to deliver best possible outcomes on complex strategic projects.
When do I need to use AWARD®?
Complex projects require a different focus entirely to your more tactical, operational purchases, and the technology supporting them needs a flexibility, transparency and depth that is not offered by sourcing tools or spreadsheets.
Many of our customers use AWARD® alongside their sourcing platform, supporting their complex projects and integrated to complete a full end to end process.
Find out more about why you still need AWARD® if you have a sourcing tool here.
Alternatively, AWARD® is deployed standalone, on a project/programme basis by organisations that have one-off complex procurements to run.
By using the wrong tools for a complex procurement, you put your entire project at risk
If you’re using the wrong tools to manage your complex procurements, you’re introducing risk and uncertainty and are unlikely to achieve the best possible outcomes.
Unlike sourcing tools and spreadsheets, AWARD® is specifically designed to guide you through the particular challenges of high risk, high value, strategic procurements.
What makes us different is our combined offering of proven, market-leading software underpinned by our expert thought-leadership and proven methodologies. Our experienced team of expert consultants know complex procurement inside out and continue to shape strategic procurements globally.
AWARD® gives you confidence that you are:
- Meeting the demands of a complex, flexible procurement process
- Delivering a transparent and auditable process
- Effectively engaging with the market
- Reducing time to contract
- Mitigating risks
- Dealing with procurement challenges efficiently
- Meeting the demands of procurement regulations
- Making robust decisions that are defensible
- Delivering best value for money
Our AWARD® Solution comprises three elements: Plan, Prepare and Execute making it the most comprehensive strategic evaluation capability in the market.
For additional guidance and access to expert content, we also offer a range of training courses.
There’s also our High Impact Packages to provide exceptional value for instant-on project support, when you need it most.
AWARD® more than paid for itself with savings harvested from TEWG members not needing to travel interstate. Lengthy travel approval processes were also avoided.
Rodger Phillips (Executive Director Contracting, DMO Maritime Division)
It is critical that Infrastructure Ontario conducts robust, open and fair procurements to ensure prudent use of public funds. We selected AWARD® to assure an efficient and effective evaluation process that is robust, transparent and defensible.
Michael Inch, VP Procurement, Infrastructure Ontario
Allowing the large number of external stakeholders to input their data directly into AWARD® via the web made it much easier for them. It allowed them to do it when it was convenient for them and had the effect of speeding up the whole process and, I believe, enhanced the quality and contribution they were able to make.
Rob Elek PFI Project Manager
Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust
Along with the invaluable help that Commerce Decisions gave us in the development of the evaluation strategy, they also supported us with a series of excellent training sessions. This provided the team with all we required to ensure we made the most effective use of AWARD®.
Mike Clifford, School Liaison Manager 3HS
Project, Scottish Borders Council
Using AWARD® in addition to our esourcing tool gave us a greater range of functionality in terms of document management, ease of evaluation process and the creation of progress reports and supplier de-briefing material. The range of management information we were able to interrogate AWARD® for helped us to manage the project, and suppliers were pleased with
the de-brief reports generated.
Troy Martin, Commercial Manager Home Office General Property
Debriefing is a real strong point of AWARD® – it gets right to the heart of where a tenderer was strong or weak. Tenderers appreciate the detail, and have confidence in the process as a result – we’ve never been challenged and rarely hear from dissatisfied tenderers!
Claire Skinner, Deputy Chief Executive and Head of Operational Procurement
and Compliance, APUC
AWARD® was a key tool that allowed us to efficiently manage our procurement processes. We found AWARD® to be helpful in making the evaluation process as simple and effective as possible. At the same time, it is helping to ensure that the procurement process is completed in a robust and transparent manner.
Matthew Fearnhead Project
Gateway Project Team
Halton Borough Council
AWARD® proved to be extremely easy to use and evaluators required less than 30 minutes training to get up and running with the tool,
Helen Oliver, Senior eSourcing Project Manager, Value Wales xchangewales project
I would recommend AWARD® software. Its advantages over a paper-based system are numerous. Not only did it help us produce a better outcome but it also significantly reduced the procurement cycle time and made the whole process far more efficient.
Colin Browne Deputy Framework Manager Research Framework, Department for Work and Pensions
AWARD® has helped us immensely with our procurement process, allowing us to share large amounts of competitive dialogue documents between the bidders and the project team. AWARD® manages and keeps an automatic audit trail, and has proved an invaluable tool for evaluating the bids, particularly as our project evaluation team members and advisors are based at various different geographical locations.
Darshan Chatha —Programme Manager, Hull City Council
The level of customer support and appreciation of the context in which the system is used along with relevant procurement related knowledge has also been both excellent and helpful.
Kevin O’Neill – Principal Officer, Contracts and Quality Commissioning team, Bolton Council
Your team has been instrumental in the programme success. Evaluation is where rubber hits road in terms of regulatory compliance and they did an incredible job. You have a team to be proud of. Thanks again for an outstanding job on Crossrail, over £11bn of spend committed without the loss of a single day on the programme critical pat – not a bad result all round.
Martin Rowark, Procurement Director
Using AWARD® enabled us to successfully manage a complex tender evaluation.
Marshall Project Team
Working with Commerce Decisions and using AWARD® allowed us to show the market we were serious about taking a ‘best practice’ approach. We were able to tap into the deep knowledge and experience of the Commerce Decisions’ consultants who understood the needs and approach of both the private and the public sectors. I would have no hesitation in using AWARD® again and in recommending it to others for use on strategic procurements.
Mike Smith, Procurement Manager Aberystwyth University
Commerce Decisions’ involvement has had a major impact on the Hadley Community procurement process. The combination of their professional services team and AWARD® software has had a fundamental effect on our ability to make this project fly. Time to market has been reduced and the overall quality of the procurement process substantially enhanced.
Tracy Penrose, Project Manager, Borough of Telford & Wrekin
AWARD® is now an integral and key element of our procurement strategy. We cannot imagine returning to a paper-based process.”
Senior Procurement Manager
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs