360 Tender Evaluations in the Cloud

Evaluate value for money

Approach the market | Evaluate responses | Test value for money

WHY 360?

360 is an online tender publishing and evaluation system trusted by procurement managers all around Australia to send Requests for Tender/Quote/Information to providers and choose the best option.  It's trusted because it works really well to evaluate all the options and pick the best outcome.  Over 55,000 providers have registered and uploaded responses to thousands of jobs.

HOW DOES 360 WORK?

Procurement managers prepare their Approach To Market (ATM) as a Request For Tender (RFT), Quote (RFQ), Information (RFI), or ... whatever (RFx).  The "market" can be everyone, a select few companies, or panelists selected from a previous ATM.

The providers answer questions, upload evidence, give a price, or do whatever's asked of them in the tendering process, and then submit their response.  Sometimes they also submit an alternate option but only if the tender rules allow it.

When time's up, the evaluation team scores the responses.  The scores are counted up and weighed up against price, risk, and even the provider's location to give every submission a ranking.

BUT WHAT ABOUT COMPLICATED TENDERS?

Not every ATM is as a simple as a quote for filling in potholes.  We understand many of the complexities so 360 has a huge array of options to ensure flexibility is available and integrity is maintained.

  • Price can be optional or multi-faceted
  • Questions can be grouped in to logical sections
  • Assessment weightings can be adjusted
  • Sections can be assessed separately or as part of the main submission
  • ATMs can contain hidden questions and sections that appear depending on answers to previous questions
  • Evaluation team members can be restricted to a sub-set of the tendered information
  • Providers can be black-flagged
  • Publishing and awarding ATMs can require additional approval
  • ATMs can be grouped into a larger ATM
  • (and much, much more)

No system is more flexible or meets the needs of local governments better than 360.

HOW MUCH IS 360?

360 is licensed to government entities and companies that buy goods and services using tenders.  License fees vary depending on the size of the organisation and likely volume:

  • $250 + GST for a single ATM where the winning bid is likely to be less than $250,000
  • $2,550* + GST  per year for small organisations with fewer than 30 staff and revenue less than $5M and fewer than 1,000 ratepayers (if applicable)
  • $5,100* + GST per year for medium-sized organisations with fewer than 500 staff and revenue less than $60M and fewer than 40,000 ratepayers (if applicable)
  • $7,650* + GST per year for all other organisations

AND WHAT ABOUT OPTIONAL EXTRAS?

  • The ADCOM feature set (add 20% to the license fee) includes:
    • Promotions (receive more submissions by advertising by industry and region)
    • Alternate Submissions (receive more options by encouraging sellers to think outside the box)
    • Presubmission rules (disallow submissions from companies who haven't passed preconditions)
    • QA reviews (ensure managers have reviewed an ATM before release)
    • Working paper removal (remove evaluators' individual assessments once consensus is reached)
    • Allow copyrighted documents to be downloaded (charge a fee and count the number of times documents are downloaded)
    • Record who is sponsoring an ATM
  • Extra support (remote assistance/training, fixing data entered erroneously, and help getting set-up):
    • $175 + GST per hour (if performed by senior simplylogical.net personnel)
    • $148.75 + GST per hour (if performed by junior simplylogical.net personnel)
  • On-site training:
    • $1,650 + GST per day charged in half-day increments (including travel-time from Canberra)
    • Flights, car hire, accommodation, and related expenses to be reimbursed
  • Dispute resolution reports (for when sellers lodge a protest):
    • If queries can be answered using administrators' preexisting reports: $125 + GST per report
    • If queries cannot be answered using administrators' preexisting reports: Development and consulting rates below apply

* Subject to indexation of CPI + 2%

WHAT IF I WANT A NEW FEATURE?

We want you to love using 360 to do your job so if there's something we can do to make your life easier, please, please, please tell us!

We have a roadmap for improving 360.  Each new feature will be assessed on how it fits with our vision for the whole VFM Test product suite.  If it's a good feature to have, we'll either:

  • Do it for free if we can schedule it into our regular enhancement schedule
  • Go even-share with all the customers who want it if we have to rejig our schedule
  • Create a bespoke solution for a single customer

Our rates for development and consulting are:

  • Senior personnel: $1,650 + GST per day charged in half-day increments
  • Junior personnel: $1,350 + GST per day charged in half-day increments

Insist your council uses 360!

360 provides a level playing field for providers of goods and services.

360 forces transparency and an audit trail of the procurement process.

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