The current Public Procurement System in Portugal, originated from the legislative refurbishment of 2008, requires the use of electronic means in purchases effectuated by the state entities, within the framework involving several entities related to the public and private domains:
Electronic Contracting Platforms;
BASE Managing Authority;
The procurement process is supported by existing electronic platforms in the duly certified market, with a central system, BASE Single Portal for Public Procurement that aggregates the most relevant information. All contracts within the legal PCC (Public Contracts Code) framework must be recorded in the system even though some of them are not published (namely, those that are not subject to contract formation stage). The non-publication of Direct Adjustments prevents payment in accordance with Article 127, which makes this tool a valuable asset in the transparency of public administration.
Being considered an international reference, the Portuguese public procurement system is unique in Europe, offering a portal that aggregates information on all public procurement at the level of the entire country.
In 2011, the managing body of BASE Institute of Construction and Real Estate (Instituto da Construção e do Imobiliário - INCI) started refurbishing the portal and supporting information systems, having chosen INOV as technology partner for implementation.
Given the amount of needed functionality, scope of different entities involved and the required interconnections, this activity turned out to be a complex project of considerable dimension.
The solution proposed and implemented by INOV is a state-of-the-art technology solution developed on the basis of Java (JEE) technology and Open Source frameworks, highlighting the following characteristics:
Public Portal and Portal Observatory of Public Works Web 2.0 technologies;
Backoffice Web 2.0 technologies supporting various profiles and types of entities;
Core System three logical layers (Domain, Business Logic, Service) integrating frameworks of object-relational mapping (ORM) and rules engine;
Authentication and Authorisation based on federated systems;
Web Services for integration with external entities connected with Interoperability in Public Administration (Interoperabilidade na Administração Pública, iAP) Platform;
Business Intelligence Solution.