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System Upgrade - Classified Organizations

Last update on April 3, 2014.

An upgrade is being rolled out across SupplierSelect services with significant changes to organization management and respondent registration.

Organization Types

Organizations in SupplierSelect are now classified as one of the following "Types"

  • Respondent
  • Buyer
  • Consultant

There is a single login form which routes users to the appropriate section of the site after authentication.

Background

When we first designed SupplierSelect we imagined a unified system where any organization could act as either a Buyer or Respondent. It soon became clear that this universality made the user interface more complex, so we introduced the "I'm a Respondent / I'm an Evaluator ...

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Collaborate with Vendors to Maintain Reference Data

Last update on Jan. 30, 2017.

Reference Projects enables vendor and buyers to build a set of reference information free from the restrictions of the standard tendering or RFx process.

Problems with the RFx Process

The traditional RFx cycle involves the buyer requesting a bunch of information from vendors, and providing a deadline by which they must submit the information.This workflow is ideal for projects where the buyer will only request information from the vendor once - such as awarding a specific contract. But in many cases it will be necessary to request the same information repeatedly, e.g.

  • A periodic review of vendors, such a ...

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Email Notifications for RFP Response Workflow Mode

Last update on March 12, 2014.

Respondents answering an RFP in SupplierSelect may elect to enable "Workflow" for the given project. Doing so provides an alternative task-centric view of an RFP response in which sections or questions can be allocated to different users for update / review / approval etc. This has been available since 2007 and is described more fully here:

http://news.supplierselect.com/2007/08/22/team-working-for-respondents-suppliers/

This has proved to be a very important feature for larger organisations who respond to dozens of big RFPs per year via SupplierSelect. Based on feedback from these groups we've now added support for email notifications and ...

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Proposal Writing & Tendering Training - UK

Last update on Oct. 14, 2013.

SupplierSelect is very excited to have begun working with leading tender consultants, Tony Zemaitis Associates. In addition to help with traditional tenders, they will be offering training and hands-on support for sales teams in e-tendering and electronic RFP management, using SupplierSelect as their training environment. Tony Zemaitis are particularly experienced in working with public sector tenders in the European Union.

SupplierSelect provides a number of features to help Suppliers manage their RFP responses online, and we are delighted that our supplier users will now be able to benefit from training provided by Tony Zemaitis Associates.

http://www.zemaitis-uk.com/

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Auto Save RFP Answers

Last update on Oct. 14, 2013.

Answering a long RFP is a time consuming business. To make life easier for suppliers or vendors responding to RFx questionnaires, SupplierSelect is introducing a new feature which automatically saves answers as they are input, without having to submit a form and wait for the page to reload. This allows users to view a full page of all questions in a section, inputting answers, and having the new information saved each time they move between fields.

Currently, this feature is only available when proposal team Workflow is not enabled. Autosave answering will be integrated with workflow response management in a ...

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Import Answers by Section

Last update on Oct. 14, 2013.

SupplierSelect enables respondents to reuse answers to questions by copying them (importing) between different projects. This is a particularly useful feature where similar RFx questionnaires are re-issued to the same group of suppliers.

Previously, it was possible for respondents to import answers from previous projects into a full questionnaire, but not to import section by section.

New functionality released today allows answers to be imported section by section. The Screenshot below shows a Response with Section 1.1 selected:

Screenshot of Importing a Section

Following the "Import Answers" link takes you to the standard Import page where you can select a previous project to import ...

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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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