Posted on: 4/22/2016
Anyone reading this blog understands all too well the challenges that come along with pursuing and acquiring government contracts. There are common pain points that every government contractor experiences - primarily tied to time, money and staff resources - but few innovations to solve these issues. Yet, those three challenges can determine the success or failure of a business.
Those of us that have walked the halls of NASA, Congress or even our State legislative offices know that - from dated technology to dated processes (and furniture!) - government tends to operate the same way it always has. This does lead to cost-savings however, so it makes sense why change can be slower in this sector.
For contractors, it’s not necessary to follow legacy processes and procedures when managing the government bid process. There are solutions available to solve those three major hurdles - over-expenditure of time, staff and resources. For a small-to-midsize contractor who may be low on those resources, these technology solutions can make all the difference in your long-term sustainability.
Challenge #1 - Time Manually searching for RFPs can be a full time job. Tracking opportunities through government feeds using Excel spreadsheets wastes valuable work time. There are sites available – such as FedBizOpps, GovWin, etc. – that have up-to-date award information, but still require capture managers to hunt down and sort through hundreds of RFPs that may or may not be relevant to their business. Once an opportunity is identified, managers must proactively keep an eye on each individual opportunity for addendums, content changes, Q&As and other dynamic information. For smaller companies, keeping up with this process can be difficult. For larger companies, there is an additional issue - overlapping targets. It is common during the initial RFP hunt for more than one capture manager to pursue and research the same opportunity. Imagine how much time is wasted in that scenario!
Overlapping focus is reflective of another problem – lack of a collaborative process. Government RFPs often have very rapid due dates so, when the right one is chosen to pursue, capture managers need to put together a proposal quickly. When everything is done manually and without a workflow in place, staff may miss a crucial step. This will inevitably slow down the whole project, or may even cause you to lose the bid.
ProDash allows for task lists to be streamlined electronically, effectively creating an automated process. Additionally, the cloud-based solution auto-populates current data from bid sources and pulls all relevant opportunities into a single funnel (by NAICS, keywords, etc.).
Challenge #2 - Money Capture managers work late nights and many overtime hours to find and pursue the right contracts for their company. Those hours (especially overtime) result in big budget spends over time. This also can take a toll on productivity and motivation. To be successful, we need to work smarter, not harder.
ProDash is a great solution for this issue as well. It aggregates and filters opportunities that are a direct fit for your business. The automation of this function alone can save many hours of staff time and increase the probability of winning.
Challenge #3 - Resources To pursue the maximum number of opportunities, effective resource allocation must be in place. According to USASpending.gov, in 2015 the government spent approximately $437 billion on contracting. Are you taking advantage of all those opportunities? Without the proper use of resources, you’re likely missing many.
Lacking a single space for communication between contributors can also be a problem. Collaboration between staff and departments is critical to getting a successful bid out on time.
Luckily, ProDash tackles all of the challenges we’re used to facing as government contractors. And… because we are not government agencies… we can quickly and easily adopt ProDash, or other technologies like it, to immediately start saving time, money and resources! ProDash is already helping government contractors automate business development and stay organized during the bidding process.
Automation is the key for contracting firms to maximize their business development efforts and increase awards. It’s time to join the movement and increase your ROI. What are you waiting for? Contact us for a free demo now!