Through their significant role in developing public administration services Oesía are closely aligned with Spanish government initiatives to boost the economic development and competitiveness of micro, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through adoption of new technologies. It is this unique insight that Oesía bring to our project. Their key role will be to contribute their considerable technology and know-how to develop, evaluate and promote the Inclusive Public Purchase information platform. This is one of the key deliverables of our project which we expect to have a significant impact on the development of SMEs as well as public administrations.
Opening tenders to SMEs
While large companies can absorb the cost of seeking and applying for tenders, SMEs are typically locked out of markets, simply due to the high cost of finding the right information. To counter this, our platform will provide access to European public tenders via a single website, allowing everyone to search for proposals. This ground-breaking approach will enable fair and equitable access to public content providing immense economic and social benefit to all – from large, multinational businesses, to the smallest SME.
A key benefit to larger companies that currently hire information services will be the ability to access public tender opportunities in a more centralised, focused way. By incorporating new search capacities, including the adoption of knowledge graphs, ontologies, and open data, our platform enables the highest possible specificity of requirements and conditions. Among other features, our platform will also facilitate potential collaborations between SMEs and larger companies, thereby enabling optimal combinations of offers. In short, a clear impact is expected on the inclusion of the SME in public procurement processes, resulting in global economic development.
From the point of view of public administrations, the Inclusive Public Purchase platform, will add depth to our understanding of markets through the analysis of awarded contracts and their specifications. This will result in better purchasing decisions and increased efficiency in public management while also improving transparency and access to open data, thereby contributing to the impact of SMEs.
In addition to developing the Inclusive Public Purchase platform, Oesía are also bringing their substantial knowledge and experience to the development of our Spanish public sector business cases (Work Package 6), and will provide IT services and consultancy to our exploitation strategy (Work Package 7).
Oesía enterprise are part of Group Oesía, a leading Spanish technology company offering IT consultancy and managed services. Evolving from the foundation of Technobit, in 1976, and headquartered in Madrid, Group Oesía is a large company established throughout Spain and 23 other countries, employing a staff of more than 3,000 worldwide.
The public sector consultant team at Oesía specialise in public procurement, open government, cyber security, innovation, economic management, administrative procedure, regulation, legislation, and European funds management. They lead services and development of a variety public administration services, including Interpública (since 1995, they have provided public administration accounting and transparency services for more than 1200 municipalities), the @djudica tender and electronic auction portal, and the citizen participation platform, NEXO.
The background to Oesía’s participation to our project was through their development of a Contracting Ontology for the public sector – part of the Spanish governments’ CONTSEM Project (Optimization of public procurement through the use of semantic techniques). The result of this experience was the PPROC ontology, which is used in their bidding processes by Huesca County Council, the Government of Aragón, as well as other public institutions including fellow TheyBuyForYou project partners Zaragoza City Council. PPROC is also the ontology recommended by AENOR in the UNE 178301 Smart Cities standard: Open Data.
Oesía’s Office of Evaluation and Studies has carried out evaluations and impact assessments of various public programs included in the Digital Agenda for Spain. Many of them were associated with Objective 2: developing the digital economy for growth, competitiveness and internationalisation of Spanish companies. These activities are undertaken by the Public Business Entity Red.es, and are aimed at micro enterprises and SMEs.
These businesses are based on ICT (Information and Communication Technology) advice, e-commerce, digital marketing, connectivity, cloud computing, management systems and equipment, amongst others. including public programs aimed at enhancing both the supply and the demand for ICT in SMEs. The encounter between ICT supply and demand for sustainability and the digital transformation of SMEs is considered a key factor. In this sense, actions that facilitate bringing the demand of the public sector closer to SMEs, such as the TheyBuyForYou project, will generate a pull effect on the supply of SMEs, enhancing their growth.
In the line of good practices for ICT public policies in Spain, it is worth noting the leading role of Red.es in developing impact evaluations of its programs to understand the degree of compliance with the set objectives. This is done in order to understand the efficiency and effectiveness of its actions, and to improve the design and execution of future programs.
Oesía have been engaged with the efforts of public administration and SMEs to increase core ICT competencies and bridge technological gaps, with the ultimate goal of growing and promoting Spain’s economic development. This is especially important when we take into consideration that most Spanish business are SME’s with fewer than 200 employees. Oesía’s support of ONTSI (The National Observatory for Telecommunications and the Information Society) in monitoring the use of ICT by Spanish companies, has allowed them to develop a deep understanding of the barriers and opportunities that arise for these enterprises.