MAIN COMPONENT FEATURES
The basic technology underlying the SMART PCP ENVIRONMENT is a cross-platform framework enabling different applications with heterogeneous purposes (from communication to problem solving, from collective purchasing to eProcurement) to work together. In this sense, the SMART PCP ENVIRONMENT can be seen as an aggregator of state of the art technologies that are made available as a cloud eGovernment service to small and medium sized municipalities and other public sector bodies engaged in the design and implementation of PCP calls. Thanks to an easy to use interface, anchored to an underlying “ideal” workflow describing how the PCP procedure should be carried forward, the user is accompanied by the system to the selection of the most appropriate services and tools in support of the multi-stage procurement process, grasping all the benefits from automation, social networking and interoperability/integration of diverse ICT tools.
The communication platform is an interactive discussion space – akin to a social network group – involving all the innovation stakeholders with legal competences or vested interests in the specific PCP call. These may include for example: the procuring agency in charge of the call, other public bodies that have been involved in similar PCP calls in the past and may therefore act as “advisors”, relevant R&D entities (such as universities and research laboratories) in the selected domains, the potential candidates to bidding under the present call (such as enterprises and SMEs, individually or in partnership), other stakeholders (such as the citizens or citizen associations that could be benefited by the resulting innovation). This social network will particularly act as a problem solving space, where questions regarding legislation, administrative best practice, requirements formulation and engineering, and evaluation of the innovation degree of potential solutions can be answered well before the actual PCP call is launched.
The third-party applications represent the core of the SMART PCP ENVIRONMENT consisting of different procurement applications (e-tender, e-auction, data analytics, etc.) not only publicly funded (e.g. developed within the CentraLab project or other projects), but also commercial applications provided and funded by private companies.