Complimentary Webinar – Tips and Tricks in the Procurement of Enterprise Software

Complimentary Webinar – Tips and Tricks in the Procurement of Enterprise Software

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 29 11:30 EST

Enterprise software is the lifeblood of a municipality’s operations and among the most complicated assets to procure. In this session we review the approaches to defining specifications for IT procurement and some procurement strategies and approaches that are commonly used.

What You’ll Learn

  • Defining your requirements – the IT procurement checklist.
  • Useful procurement strategies, including multi-phase evaluations and BAFOs

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Free Webinar – RFx Academy –Module 3 Unpacking the RFx Template

Free Webinar – RFx Academy –Module 3 Unpacking the RFx Template

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 24 11:30 EST

Why is it that no 2 RFx documents look the same? In this session we’ll review the main components of the RFx documents and the benefits of properly structuring your template to make life easier for municipality staff and for bidders.

What You’ll Learn

  • Review the main components of an RFP/RFT document.
  • Discover best practices in structuring the RFP/RFT template.
  • Review real-life examples of poor vs. good RFP/RFT documents.

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Free Webinar – RFx Academy – Module 2 Selecting the Right Procurement Strategy

Free Webinar – RFx Academy – Module 2 Selecting the Right Procurement Strategy

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 27 11:30 EST

In this session we’ll talk about the art of selecting and designing a procurement strategy to maximize efficiencies and ensure the best outcomes are achieved.

What You’ll Learn

  • When to establish VOR lists, standing offer agreements or traditional contracts.
  • Review the procurement strategies commonly used for typical municipal requirements including commonly procured goods, services, software (SaaS and on premise software).

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Free Webinar – RFx Academy –  Module 1 Review of Competitive Procurement Vehicles

Free Webinar – RFx Academy –  Module 1 Review of Competitive Procurement Vehicles

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 11:30 EST

There are many different types of procurement tools, RFx documents, used to solicit bids. We’ll review RFQ, RFP, RFT, NRFP, RFSO, RFPQ and what each is used for.

What You’ll Learn:

  • The RFx vehicles commonly used in competitive procurement, how they are different, and what they’re typically used for.

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New! Drive time data for cars, trucks, walk time on ZoomProspector

We’re thrilled to introduce yet another new feature on ZoomProspector: adjustable drive time analysis for cars, trucks and walking. This is a game-changer for prospective investors who need to assess transportation logistics, commute times and travel distances for target clients travelling in different ways, on different days and at different times. In keeping with GIS Planning’s ongoing commitment to excellence in the user interface, we’ve designed this feature to be intuitive, visual and easy for your website visitors to find.

The new drive time analysis is easy to find – it’s an enhancement of the radius/ drive time buttons at the top of every single property and pinpoint report. Now when you click “Minutes,” you’ll see icons that let you select car, truck or walk, with an additional option to click on and adjust the date, time and destination – from or to the selected location. We’ve made it even easier by also adding these options directly on the map for those website visitors who prefer to make adjustments over there.

Miami Dade ZoomProsepctor walk drive truck timeIt’s easier than ever for economic developers to inform site selectors and businesses making location decisions as they research long and shortlists of suitable communities and properties. You can read more about our new adjustable drive time analysis here. You can also click here to learn more about the other map tools that make ZoomProspector the most innovative and user-friendly online GIS data tool for site selection?

Would you like to learn more about how ZoomProspector can help drive investment to your community? Click here to schedule an online meeting and demo.

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Finding Diversity, Inclusion & Equity in Municipal Government and Public Sector Organizations in Canada

 

Kartik KumarKartik Kumar, National Practice Leader, Municipal Government and Broader Public Sectors.

 

Diversity and Inclusion has been a common discussion point for many Municipalities and Broader Public Sector organizations over the last several years in Canada. As communities and populations begin to shift to become more inclusive and diverse, meeting these changing societal values and demographics will require fresh perspectives and representation at the leadership level within Municipalities and other Public sector organizations.

Oftentimes innovative leadership qualities are found within diversity candidates that can challenge the status quo to effectively impact change across a community. Typically, diversity candidates have experienced and mitigated a lifetime of adversity and obstacles. These experiences, both professionally and personally, foster new ideas, creative thinking, innovation, agility and influence. However, when it comes to appointing diversity candidates to positions of leadership, Municipalities and other organizations within the Public Sector face a number of challenges including:

●  Finding Passive Diversity Talent

●  Diversity Leadership Driven By Representation

●  Benchmarking Diversity Candidates Against Competencies and Skills

●  Creating An Inclusive Culture To Drive Performance

Finding Passive Diversity Talent

Many Municipalities and organizations see the value that diversity can bring to their leadership teams but don’t know where to start their search for this elusive talent. For many years, organizations and Municipalities unknowingly created a culture of homogeneity thus shrinking their own internal talent pipelines as a source for diversity talent. Instead, Public and Private Sector organizations must partner with external experts, such as an executive search consultant, to assist in the identification, appointment and presentation of the most qualified and capable diversity candidates for a role.

Diversity Mandates Driven Representation

One element of diversity that some organizations fall victim to is the necessity to hire a diversity candidate as a response to societal pressure. I’ve worked with many clients in my career as an executive search consultant, that believe that hiring a diversity candidate that can provide the best value to a community is the simple concept of representation.

When I work with Municipalities, Public Libraries and other Public Sector organizations – I advise Councillors, Board members and other stakeholders and selection/recruitment committees to consider three things:

  1. The benefits that diversity can bring to their communities/ organizations.
  2. Require a diverse slate of candidates.
  3. Examine diversity within the community/ organization and population to help clarify and define the best fit of diversity for a leadership role.

Benchmarking Diversity Candidates Against Competencies and Skills

Sometimes the personification and perception of diversity by selection/recruitment committees may not always align with the true values and representation of the communities they will be serving. As a best practice, a diversity candidate should be representative of the larger community in which they will serve, while also maintaining the leadership attributes required by the role.

In addition, Municipalities and Public Sector organization’s selection/recruitment committees must carefully examine what key competencies and skills the role requires. Sometimes the benchmark diversity candidate that a search committee thinks they need, does not always align with the skills and core competencies demanded by the role itself. The best fit diversity candidate is a well-rounded individual that is able to meet both the requirements for the role as well as represent the larger community/ organization.

Creating An Inclusive Culture To Drive Performance

The other caveat that Municipalities and Leadership within the Public Sector overlook when hiring a diversity candidate is inclusivity training and acceptance of new and different perspectives for other senior leaders. Inclusivity programs allow for the broader leadership team to adopt and best leverage new perspectives gleaned by diversity candidates in powerful ways. By elevating cultural sensitivities and awareness to the existing senior leadership team and creating a more inclusive culture, senior leaders can learn how to better collaborate, break through unconscious bias and support one another.

As a result, this awareness and approach to inclusivity will increase collaboration. This culture reshaping will then trickle down through the wider teams and produce better results. As this cultural shift slowly takes place, success can be measured by performance and the attraction of other diversity candidates to the talent pipeline.

About The Author.

Kartik Kumar is a Partner at Legacy Executive Search Partners and has over 15 years experience in successfully executing 250 projects within the Public and Private Sector, including Municipal Government and Public Libraries. Kartik has a Bachelor’s in Business Management from Ryerson University and an accredited certification in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University.

Prior to joining Legacy Executive Search Partners, Kartik has held several Managing Director roles within large national and international executive search firms. He has successfully developed an executive search practice across Ontario and Canada within Municipal Government and the Broader Public Sector.

Contact Kartik to learn more ([email protected]) about Senior Leadership Recruitment within the Public Sector across Canada.

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How ZoomProspector makes you look like an economic development rockstar

GIS Planning’s clients range from small towns with a single economic development person (who often also handles duties at the chamber, the city manager’s office etc.) to large cities or regional and statewide economic development agencies with large staffs.

But no matter the size of the EDO is, they always have more projects and incoming requests than people or time.

Fortunately, GIS Planning clients can rely on the equivalent of an extra staff member with ZoomProspector working for their region.

Closeup portrait happy excited young economic developer celebrating successZoomProspector is available to answer questions 24/7 from anyone who comes to your website, whether they’re a potential investor, site selector or local entrepreneur. The industry’s leading GIS web tool for economic development can always be relied upon to offer accurate, up-to-date information in clear, visually compelling ways. And while it can’t crack a clever joke in meetings, celebrate birthdays or join co-workers for drinks after work, it will also never take a vacation, steal your lunch from the fridge or leave the coffee pot empty.

Reliable, smart and unflappable, ZoomProspector is the staff member every economic developer wants on their team. It makes everyone around them look good by helping them succeed. It makes you look like a rock star by facilitating quick, reliable research and helping generate beautiful, branded reports and polished proposals.

We have clients who speak with businesses only after that business has (in effect) qualified themselves by gathering information and answering questions, using the powerful analytical tools and extensive datasets provided by ZoomProspector.

In a fast-paced digital world where people want that information before they take time to pick up the phone and connect in person, ZoomProspector offers a critical competitive advantage. In many cases, simple questions about a community’s demographics, labor force, businesses, wages, etc. can be answered on the public ZoomProspector site using a few clicks of a mouse button.

As the most intuitive and user-friendly GIS site selection data tool on the market (by a long shot), they don’t need training or guidance to do so. You can rest confident that you aren’t losing leads before you even know they exist.

When more extensive data requests or RFP’s come in, GIS Planning clients have the ability to pull down and compose sophisticated reports on their community, with custom mile or drive time analyses around specific available sites or buildings, or around a pinpoint on a map. They can easily build and export reports from ZoomProspector in a few minutes. When our economic development clients receive incoming requests from elected officials, members of their community, academics or journalists, they too can be handled easily and quickly. Thus such request is transformed from a time-consuming nuisance to an easily handled opportunity to network, engage and build or bolster relationships with stakeholders.

Our drag and drop proposal generator now enables our clients to begin a response to an RFP, or begin crafting a proposal, with one click, and from there it’s easy to include available sites and buildings with relevant data reports, even include video and photos.

Best of all, anyone can perform the same high-level, detailed analyses on ZoomProspector at any time of day or night. GIS Planning created ZoomProspector to be a public-facing, easy-to-use source open access data portal. Economic developers can simply point to their own public website to answer basic questions, direct marketing campaigns to the website as a “call to action”, and make their website an integral part of their information toolkit.

With our ZoomTour platform, our clients can go even further and offer an online immersive experience, using media ranging from still photos to video to drone footage, and (of course) GIS Planning data tools, to provide a guided tour of a community (or a part of the community like the downtown area, or specific business clusters etc.), available 24/7, 365 days per year.

Learn how GIS Planning’s innovative GIS data tools for economic development can serve your community. Book a demo today!

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Citizen Service Summit

Event name: Customer Service Professionals Network – Citizen Service Summit

Cost: Complimentary until August 15, 2021

Register Here 

Description:

Join public sector leaders from all over Canada to learn new strategies to digitize, personalize, and automate citizen service.

This innovative 2-day virtual summit will be held on September 15 & 16, 2021 and will consist of sessions designed to share future-forward trends and tactical steps organizations of all sizes can take post-pandemic.

Sneak peak of speakers below. More to be announced shortly.

  • Andrew Enns, Executive VP, Leger Winnipeg: Measuring Community Perceptions
  • Dr. Gillian Mandich, Happiness Researcher: How to Build More Positive & Resilient Teams
  • Corey Atkinson, VP of L&D, CSPN: Inspiring Change Through Training
  • Nitin Badjatia, Head, Product Strategy – Customer Service Management, ServiceNow: Using Knowledge Management to Increase Employee Retention
  • Kenny Johnston, President, Bill Gosling Outsourcing: Optimizing Your Service Centre
  • David Singh, Partner, CSPN: Mastering Change Management Amidst the Post-Pandemic Chaos

Special thank you to our sponsors:

  • ServiceNow
  • Bill Gosling Outsourcing
  • Leger Canada

For more information, please visit our website here.

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Complimentary Webinar – Time to Modernize your Procurement Procedures?

Complimentary Webinar – Time to Modernize your Procurement Procedures?

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25 11:30 EST

A good set of procedures is a must have for organizations seeking consistency, compliance and efficiency in procurement. This session will review the procurement and contracting cycle and the main procedures any public sector organizations should have in place.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Learn about the 5 components of the procurement and contracting cycle.
  • Review sample must-have procedures, guidelines, tools and templates including selecting the right procurement strategy, running an RFP process and preparing the final contract.

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Complimentary Webinar – Time to Modernize Your Procurement Policy?

Complimentary Webinar – Time to Modernize Your Procurement Policy?

WEDNESDAY, JULY 28 11:30 EST

A good procurement policy sets the tone for procurement in a municipality, ensuring everyone’s role is clear and preserving public trust. In this session we’ll look at best practices in by-law/policy drafting and examples where many municipalities get it wrong.

What You’ll Learn:
• Review the dos and don’ts of policies – what to include and exclude from a policy and why.
• Learn the difference between a policy and procedures.

• Review the difference between budget authority and procurement authority.
• Review recommendations contained in the Nov 2020 Collingwood inquiry report.

Register Here   ** Please note – this webinar has been cancelled and will be re-scheduled at a later date.

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