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On graduation from the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, in 1971, Tim Norris was commissioned into the Royal Engineers. In the Army, he travelled extensively and undertook myriad engineering projects in military settings prior to leaving the service to manage a range of civil, mechanical and structural projects. In 1982, Norris moved to South Africa, where his civil engineering projects grew in complexity before moving into the IT industry. He became the sub-Saharan business development manager for Lotus in 1992, and went on to form his own IT consultancy. In 1998, he added a telecoms company to his portfolio, Voiplus, providing cheap international VOIP phone calls. In 2011, Norris became the South African agent for Purchasing Auctions, and last year, he successfully managed auction lots valued in excess of R400 million using the PA reverse auction platform in SA. Norris is the civil engineer for Rescue South Africa, which provides a large and experienced rescue team for deployment to disasters and emergency incidents worldwide, and for the new Gauteng Disaster Management Team. He was involved in relief support in the aftermath of the Haiti Earthquake in 2010, and more recently, in the wake of the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.
Reverse auctions are the best source of pure, raw data for all procurement analytics. This talk will demonstrate how reverse auctions in procurement provide the greatest opportunity to improve processes, increase productivity and reduce costs in the supply chain.