Links I Liked [Public Procurement]

1. Big tech's grip loosens on UK.gov IT spend.

2. World Bank puts out it "Benchmarking Public Procurement 2017" report. Albert has the lowdown of it.

3. The best way to build big is to start small. Agreed, way too many initiatives in public sector are based in delusions of grandeur when there is plenty of low hanging fruit yet to be picked.

4. A more transparent public procurement (Catalan only). Mostly about how perspectives on public procurement have changed in Catalonia, albeit those reductions are fairly minor. 

5. Compliance and public procurement (Spanish only). I suspect this will be a bigger topic in the years to come as procurement gets dragged more and more into a compliance frameset.

Links I Liked [Public Procurement]

1. Improving efficiency by building behavioural insights into an innovative NHS procurement portal (research project). Looks very interesting and I look forward to the findings.

2. Public procurement in Europe needs to enter the digital era. Good blogpost by Mara Mendes and Mihaly Fazekas on the need for better procurement data (and standards...) in the EU.

3. World Bank's Key Findings of Benchmarking Public Procurement 2016.

4. Ofcom turns to the Digital Marketplace to speed digital transformation. Fascinating example of in house procurement.

5. Welsh Government spends £100k over three years on Twitter account management. But hey, it's a "reputable and reliable service from a company that has been through the Official Journal of the European Union procurement process." Whatever that means.