With regards to the NIGP Code, are States forfeiting their future for the sake of a questionable past? by Jon Hansen

Posted on April 3, 2015 by

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Editor’s Note: With the growing concern regarding the monopolization of public sector eProcurement in the U.S. as the result of NIGP and Periscope’s joint stewardship of the NIGP Code, what would prevent governments from making the transition to the UNSPSC Code?

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“Just to be clear . . . one of the main reasons why States don’t just jump to the United Nation’s Code is that without a crosswalk, historic spend data that is tied into the NIGP Code would be lost?  Based on my research to date, it appears that with the exception of a handful of States, and outside of a number of  institutionalized reports, the purported loss and/or inconvenience of making the switch would be outweighed by the vulnerability and associated risks of dealing with a monopolized standard that leaves “licensee’s” such as governments and vendors open to the kind of bullying demonstrated by the Missouri award protest. 

I made the above comment based on the fact that my research indicates that the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code® (UNSPSC®) is an open, global, multi-sector standard for efficient, accurate classification of products and services – that also happens to be technically free.

Conversely, and…

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