Today Bonfire Interactive Ltd. (“Bonfire”), a business unit of GTY Technology and a leader in strategic sourcing and procurement software for the public sector, reports the 2020 achievements that will support further growth for the year ahead. Achievements include record customer growth, record vendor growth, and high project volumes despite COVID-19 disruptions.
US state and local governments shed 1.3 million jobs in the past year, while state budget shortfalls will reach an estimated $555 billion due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite these impacts, 2020 was Bonfire’s largest sales year to date. Achievements include the following:
- Bonfire welcomed 137 new clients including 9 transportation authorities (inclusive of one of the largest in the US), 15 port authorities (inclusive of the largest in the US), 22 schools and/or school districts, 14 cities, and 17 counties across North America. New clients added to Bonfire’s 450+ customers include: Richland County, SC; Barnstable County, MA; Harris County, TX; Lee County Schools, FL; Jacksonville Transportation Authority, FL; Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation, ON; and Delaware Health and Social Services, DE.
- Bonfire launched Benchmarking, a feature that helps to streamline the creation of bids and RFPs by displaying relevant category data for typical timelines, criteria weighting, vendor participation and requested information.
- Bonfire’s Intake module was launched to make it easier for stakeholders to work with the procurement team. It provides one central place for all request information as well as an elegant dashboard that displays the procurement team’s project pipeline.
- Bonfire doubled the number of vendors that public agencies have access to within the platform, closing the year with over 250,000 vendors in the database. Bonfire’s large and rapidly growing vendor database continues to play a critical role supporting public procurement professionals to quickly find, attract and encourage bid competitiveness to achieve best outcomes for both simple bids and complex RFP’s alike.
“As the public sector entered emergency crisis mode in 2020, we knew immediately that we had to find new ways to best support them as they navigated drastically different work environments, supply chains, and the swift transitions from paper to digital processes,” said Bonfire CEO, Corry Flatt. “The results of this past year are a testament to our team's commitment to the success of all of our clients and our dedication to support the public sector, even in the toughest of times.”
During COVID-19 pandemic lock-downs, Bonfire offered a variety of programs to help public agencies navigate new challenges. Programs included access to the Bonfire platform for free for 90 days to help agencies get processes online fast, reference guides for leveraging CARES Coronavirus Relief Funding to invest in procurement solutions, and delivering publicly available webinars to share insights on procurement best practices during a pandemic in order to support the community of public procurement professionals across North America.
“The crisis isn’t over and the wave of digital transformation will continue well into the future at an accelerated pace as public procurement teams shift to adjust,” says Omar Salaymeh, Chief Client and Product Officer at Bonfire. “Based on what we’ve heard from our clients, we plan to release a host of innovative new product functionality that will support their priorities in the coming year while more broadly helping those in government and public procurement transition easily and quickly to digital processes.”
To learn more information about the Bonfire Strategic Sourcing solution visit www.gobonfire.com.
About Bonfire Interactive Inc.
Bonfire Interactive Inc. (“Bonfire”) is a business unit of GTY Technology Holdings Inc. and a leader in strategic sourcing and procurement software. Bonfire brings procurement online, ensuring 100% compliance, reducing cycle times, and improving transparency. Through the power of tools optimized for collaboration and in-app access to RFP insights and templates (surfaced from Bonfire’s library of 40,000+ projects), Bonfire unlocks procurement’s potential to drive greater agency impact, achieve better outcomes, and engage colleagues along the way. Bonfire’s proven history of customer-driven innovation is trusted by hundreds of public procurement teams across North America.
About GTY Technology Holdings Inc.
GTY Technology Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: GTYH) (“GTY”) brings leading government technology companies together to achieve a new standard in citizen engagement and resource management. Through its six business units, GTY offers an intuitive cloud-based suite of solutions for state and local governments spanning functions in procurement, payments, grant management, budgeting, and permitting: Bonfire provides strategic sourcing and procurement software to enable confident and compliant spend; CityBase provides government payment solutions to connect constituents with utilities and government agencies; eCivis offers a grant management system to maximize grant revenues and track performance; Open Counter provides government payment software to guide applicants through complex permitting and licensing procedures; Questica offers budget preparation and management software to deliver on financial and non-financial strategic objectives; Sherpa provides public sector budgeting software and consulting services.
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