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Integrated Charting

Last update on Oct. 14, 2013.

New charting functionality has been added to SupplierSelect. This shows a horizontal bar chart which displays weighted scores by respondent for any point within the questionnaire: Section, Sub-Section or Question. If multiple scoring or weighting sets haveĀ been configured, these can be picked in the top drop down lists.

These charts can be viewed by selected the "Analysis" tab from the questionnaire browsing pages (reached by selected the questionnaire tree on the right after loading a project).

Screenshot of Charting

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Dynamic Questions

Last update on Oct. 14, 2013.

Dynamic Questions use a predefined set of "Topics" to generate large questions by repeating question rows for each Topic. To illustrate this feature, suppose your company ships its goods to many countries around the world. You wish to conduct an RFx to evaluate shipping companies. When building the question, you notice that you often need to collect information for each country you ship to:



  • Shipping fees by country

  • Delivery times by country

  • Insurance and indemnification by country

  • Number of deliveries currently sent by country


To take the first example (fees), you could create one question for each country:

Country Questions Screenshot

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New Tools For Adjusting Weightings

Last update on Oct. 14, 2013.

Assigning weightings to a complex questionnaire is always a fiddly business. Until now, SupplierSelect provided either very detailed control (over questions), or very high level control (using the graphical percentage tool). With the latest release of SupplierSelect it is possible to edit weightings at any level of the questionnaire.

A new tab has been added to the questionnaire pages inside Project - "Weighting".

Screenshot Showing Weighting

Like other questionnaire pages, this displays information relevant to the position currently selected in the questionnaire tree menu. If you click a section containing question, it lists all the questions in that section, and enables you to either ...

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Scoring Comparisons & Benchmark Issues

Last update on Oct. 14, 2013.

Re-using the same questionnaires can bring great efficiencies with SupplierSelect. Respondents can import and edit a previous set of responses, and scores are silently copied at the same time. This means that scoring a response become an exercise in exception processing - you only read/score what has changed. But scoring like this can lead to inconsistencies because the comparison is against the project of respondent's choosing (ie the response they imported from). SupplierSelect addresses this problem with a new feature: Benchmark Issues.

Benchmark Issues allow the evaluator to associate a "benchmark" response with any previous response from that respondent ...

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Scoring Vendors' Responses Offline With Excel

Last update on March 12, 2014.

Many evaluators find it convenient to read respondent's answers offline, on paper, noting the scores as they go. Then they need to get the scores back into SupplierSelect. Web pages are not very convenient for data entry of this sort, so we've introduced the ability to key in scores to an Excel spreadsheet which can then be uploaded to SupplierSelect, and the scores saved.

This screenshots show the format of the scoring spreadsheet which can be downloaded from SupplierSelect for offline completion.

Screenshot of Offline Scoring with Excel

This functionality is found under the "Score Offline" link under "Project" in the tree menu on ...

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Redesigned Evaluator's home page

Last update on Oct. 14, 2013.

A new look home page for Evaluator users is going to be released on SupplierSelect in the next couple of weeks:

Buyer Home Page

Previously, the default page after logging in was the big list of projects. However, we're weren't happy with that for a number of reasons:


  1. Most evaluators work on only one or two projects at the same time - they don't need a huge list of projects every time they login.

  2. Projects go through stages. After all responses are in, users don't want to edit the title or change question text. So we wanted to provide links ...

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Team working for Respondents (Suppliers)

Last update on Oct. 14, 2013.

A big RFx will often require multiple people to complete the response. This can be a complex task to schedule and administer.

SupplierSelect provides a workflow system to aid team work in this situation.

Firstly, this feature must be enabled for the current invitation. From the Invitation Details page, click "Options" and select the option to "Enable Workflow". Having done this, you will see a new link in the questionnaire view pages, as shown in the screenshot below.

Screenshot of Workflow View for answering

"Document View" is the default questionnaire view. "Worflow view" is the newly enabled interface. This shows the questionnaire as a list of ...

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Multiple Weighting Sets

Last update on Oct. 14, 2013.

Weightings are used to place a different importance on different questions or sections in a questionnaire. But what happens when there is more than one perspective on what these features are? For example, the Chief Financial Officer might have a different view on the importance of the Pricing section to the Chief Operations Officer, who's more interested in the Performance section.

SupplierSelect addresses this with a little known but very useful feature called multiple weighting sets. This allows you to save a weighting set, assign it a name, and then call it up later when analysing scoring results.

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Software Upgrade - Saturday Night 23rd April

Last update on Oct. 14, 2013.

One of SupplierSelect's servers will be upgraded this weeked. Expect up to one hour's downtime from 22.00-23.00 on Saturday night.

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