The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded a patent for a "Flexible data store for implementing a streamlined acquisition process" to Noblis Fellow Dr. John Leigh, Noblis Acquisition Tools Center of Excellence Leader Michelle Snow, and former Noblis employees Robert Menna, Stephen Frost, and Eva Griffeth.
A system and method were developed for seamlessly integrating an end-to-end acquisition process using a flexible data structure. A flexible data structure consistent with these methods and systems may connect the buyer's requirement to the vendor's proposed solution, facilitating a requirement-by-requirement evaluation process allowing buyers to evaluate content as well as price of a proposal. Embodiments of the present invention standardize the format of proposals, allowing buyers to more easily compare vendors' proposals side-by-side. Still other embodiments of the invention produce an error checking report to further aid vendors in improving proposals and buyers in evaluating proposals.
The invention has already yielded successful acquisition outcomes for several clients in the execution of mission-critical programs.
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