Let's talk about the system used for the Terzo Valico high-speed train route.
Prior to the Terzo Valico project, the platform was already being used by other clients to manage major tenders, so the amount in question is not an issue. The differentiator in the COCIV project was the specific expertise to set up and manage the negotiation, in full respect of the provisions set out in the Procurement Code.
Does the size of the tenders complicate the system, or is this an independent variable?
To take a neutral example, we will cite a few key figures from a recent study carried out by the Journal of Public Procurement, which identifies the benefits of an electronic tender process over an ordinary procedure - namely, a 26-35% reduction in the time taken from start to finish of the tender process, the 18-23% reduction in workload for those involved, and the 60% reduction in paper used.
What impact have you observed on the time frames and costs of the tender processes?
As things currently stand, the level of adoption of e-procurement tools in the public domain is poor, particularly if we compare Italy with other European countries. However, despite the fact that the adoption of these instruments remains limited, it is nonetheless true that over the last two years, we have observed an increase in interest in these solutions. Our experience managing the platform for two major clients, the Tuscany Region and the Autonomous Province of Bolzano, is an example of this.
And yet with regard to the use of this systems in a working environment, Italy is lagging behind ...
In these two cases, we have registered more than 5,000 tenders, with the total value of contracts awarded in excess of 260 million - a sign that the market is growing and that the inclination to use these tools is also on the rise.