Discussion 6: Supplier Network

The supplier network is the concept of creating a single window for suppliers to view their overall interaction with the public sector.  The network is an invaluable tool that allows public sector buyers to connect and collaborate with suppliers on many different fronts including; Contracts, Sourcing, and Evaluations.

The network allows suppliers to maintain and update profile information (i.e. certifications, availability) so the Province and BPS can have a clear view of what the supplier can offer, their credentials, availability, etc. The network is also where vendors can see their overall performance history, the number of times that they have bid on past work, any upcoming tasks, and opportunities to collaborate.

Key features and benefits of supplier network:

  • Profile information maintained by suppliers
  • Ability to see the entire relationship with the public sector in a single space
  • Dashboard functionality to improve the overall experience for vendors

The number of supplier network requirements applicable to:

  • Ministries and broader public service: 14
  • Vendors: 8
  • Total number of supplier network requirements: 22


NOTEThis page summarizes the feedback received between June 15 and September 30, 2015 on the BC Bid Replacement project, and is provided for historical reference only.




1.     Paul said on August 8, 2015 at 12:44 am:

Requirement 6.2.16 may require tracking of personal information on owners of a company which, in turn, may require a higher degree of personal information related security by the solution. It may be useful to specify whether the Province wishes to have the system house PII data or not.


2.     Kasra said on August 14, 2015 at 8:50 am:

Has any thought been given to requirements of supporting supplier onboarding? (IE: team/hotline to help onboard suppliers). Will this support responsibility sit with the Province or with the vendor?

moderator Jason said on August 14, 2015 at 1:01 pm:

The expectation on this front would be that the successful vendor would be responsible for onboarding suppliers into the new solution, in partnership with the Province and the suppliers themselves. The process for loading information into the new solution would be a process established by the vendor. The Province would communicate the new vendor to suppliers and direct them to the new process for onboarding. The suppliers would then work directly with the vendor to load information into the new solution. Some of the roles and responsibilities will be established through the competitive process, as service level agreements are established.


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