Procurement: Standard Requirements


Author: PASA

Gerard Blokdijk has worked in many enterprise data center management and CxO roles over the past 25 years. He has spoken to thousands of people at public events and at companies in 23 countries. He has recently published a new book called ‘Procurement: Standard Requirements’.

“Something straightforward as ‘Procurement: Standard Requirements’ is the Procurement guide I wish I had when I needed it,” he tells PASA. “This is a tool to help develop a detailed vision of all areas impacted by a Procurement implementation, and a useful tool for scoring readiness and implementation quality. It highlights what’s important now and in the future for the reader – and delivers a Procurement roadmap to instantly understand and move forward in the right direction, based on verifiable data.”

7 Sample Requirements:

1. What kind of guidance do you follow to ensure that your procurement language is both specific and comprehensive enough to result in acquiring secure components and systems?

2. Are the organization’s current procurement rules and culture set-up to approve and finance fluctuating costs, i.e. pay-per-use over fixed price services?

3. How can Procurement and Finance functions collaborate more effectively to be seen as strategic business partners?

4. What security considerations need to be addressed during the procurement life cycle?

5. Do we compare production cost advantage among suppliers and internal procurement?

6. Are your savings initiatives focused on unit cost or total cost of ownership?

7. Contract Analysis: Am I complying with my existing negotiated contract terms?

He writes: “Unless you’re talking a one-time, single-use project within a business, there should be a process. Whether that process is managed and implemented by humans, AI, or a combination of the two, it needs to be designed by someone with a complex enough perspective to ask the right questions. Someone capable of asking the right questions and step back and say, ‘What are we really trying to accomplish here? And is there a different way to look at it?’ With The Art of Service’s Business Process Architect Self-Assessments, Research, Toolkits, Education and Certifications we empower people who can do just that — whether their title is marketer, entrepreneur, manager, salesperson, consultant, Business Process Manager, executive assistant, IT Manager, CIO etc… —they are the people who rule the future. They are people who watch the process as it happens, and ask the right questions to make the process work better…”

Gerard Blokdijk‘s ‘The Art of Service’s Procurement Standard Requirements’ Excel Dashboard and accompanying eBook is for managers, advisors, consultants, specialists, professionals and anyone interested in Procurement assessment. The book will be available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all major retailers, full info can be found at

  • Are you looking to learn and network with your peers? PASA CPO Summit, ‘Future Proofing You’, will be held on 13 & 14th March 2018 in Sydney. 


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