ProTenders Launches Real-Time Intelligence

Since the launch of our Company Profiles, Construction Intelligence & Product Catalogues modules in 2016, ProTenders’ data and traffic grew exponentially, quickly becoming one of the leading information sources for anything Construction in the region.

Less than a year in, the platform now enables 19,000 companies to market themselves and be found by potential partners, actively tracks 15,000 projects of all sizes, sectors and locations and is visited 300,000 times per month, an increase of 600% in the last 16 months, from 105 countries.

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Having vast amounts of data about an Industry is certainly important, but making it quickly and efficiently searchable is key in order to provide value to companies who depend on it to plan their next move or close their next deal.

In response to this increase in search demand, we are happy to officially launch our ProTenders Real-Time Intelligence module, providing the fastest way for local, regional and international developers, consultants, contractors and suppliers to find the exact partners, products or projects they need, every time.

What is ProTenders Real-Time Intelligence all about?

What if you were a contractor and wanted to find the exact project that matched your requirements, including name, type, location, budget, name of participants or status? You now can, and it only takes a few seconds, all from the comfort of your office.

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What if you were a supplier, wanted to have your products featured in one of Emaar or Damac‘s projects and thus needed to find a way to connect with the right consultants who work on their projects? You now can, and it takes 4 clicks and less than 1 minute.

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Finally, what if you were looking for the an MEP Consultant that has experience in Hospitality projects in the UAE or Qatar?

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Freshly Launched & Already Making a Difference

ProTenders’ Real-Time Intelligence helps companies of all sizes, types and locations answer between 8,000 and 16,000 questions like these every single day, providing the answers in an average of 2ms.

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Whether you’re looking for ways to grow your construction business, expand to new markets, find new products and partners, or streamline your tendering process, ProTenders is the only platform you’ll need.

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ProTenders new features launch – Free Bidding, Mobile and More

As we analyzed the results of our 2015 Global Construction Survey, we realized that construction companies both locally and internationally face 2 main problems:

  • how to grow their business, especially when trying to expand outside of their core market (which includes finding new leads and finding the right partners),
  • how to execute these projects in a timely fashion once they’ve been awarded.

Until recently, ProTenders, with its advanced eTendering platform, online document management and bid submittals and advanced analysis tools, was mostly geared towards helping companies solve the 2nd part of the problem.

With our latest release, we’ve grown our suite of products to cater to the business development needs of construction companies using the same core values at the heart of the ProTenders philosophy; drive efficiency and reduce risk.

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Maximize your visibility with ProTenders’ new profiles

ProTenders has just released a new version of our platform including the first part of our enriched company profiles. Better than a simple entry in a business directory, our profiles let you add a wealth of construction-specific information to serve as a real marketing tool for your company’s business development.

Additionally, we’ve improved navigation, making it drop-down to enable our users to access and update their information and settings more quickly. With features that save you time for both operations and business, ProTenders continues to help you buy better and sell more.

Show off your advantage

If you want to be invited to bid, you have to be visible to project owners and developers. The more they know about you, the better they are able to evaluate whether they want to work with you. Of course, those companies with great track records, who’ve worked on the right types of projects, who can show they have the right certifications, and who have even won awards, will stand out from the crowd.

ProTenders has made it easy to display all this information in a way that is easy to access by potential customers. Each company entry presents three tabs: Profile, Portfolio, and Team. Let’s take a look at each tab in turn.

Your profile

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Tell your potential customers who you are as a company:

  • The description allows you to tell your story, including your vision, mission, history, and values, or whatever information you want. No longer will interested parties have to search your website to find out what sort of a company you are. If you already filled this in in our previous database, the information will still be there. Why not take the time now to check whether it’s up to date and as complete as you would like?
  • The activities section is also still filled in. If you’ve updated your trade licence and have new activities to add, please submit your new documents so we can modify your record.
  • Our interface allows you to easily add certifications you have acquired, and to keep them updated. What better way to start building trust with potential partners?
  • For those companies who have been recognized in their field, it is easy to showcase awards. You can list them, and link to the websites that explain what they are.
  • With clearly presented address and contact information, and an interactive Google map, your potential customers can easily see where your offices are located.

Your portfolio

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Make your company shine with our project portfolio. You can easily:

  • List your most prestigious projects
  • Provide details such as the type of project, the type of area and the budget
  • Indicate what work your company carried out
  • Upload a photo that best illustrates that work

Your team

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Make it easy for potential customers to see who counts in your company:

  • List your key personnel, in particular those your potential partners, whether customers or suppliers, need to contact.
  • Inspire greater confidence in your company’s skills by listing the different specializations of your staff, and show where they’re situated.

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Start building your profile and your network today. Log in to access your new enriched profile.

ProTenders unveils simplified pricing

A few weeks ago, we told you we’d be introducing simplified pricing that reflects how our customer base has changed. As we’ve grown, we’ve found ourselves supporting a wider range of companies, with not only different, but also evolving needs with regard to the ProTenders platform.

Our new plans adapt to the size and scope of your organization, whether your goal is to improve tendering efficiency throughout your company, to get a full understanding of your commercial operations, or just to expand your online presence with a view to building your reputation.

Plans that reflect your strategic goals

We’ve therefore remodelled our pricing structure so you can meet your goals whatever the size of your company, and pay only for what you need. Here’s how they work:

Note: If you’re an existing customer, please read to the end to see how this affects you. If you’re a charity, an NGO or involved in education, please contact us to find out how to benefit from ProTenders for FREE. 

1. Choose your package according to your goals

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Depending on what your business goals are, ProTenders has the right package for you:

  • Visibility: With free access to our company database, you can build your profile, showcasing your skills and specializations, and enable potential partners to contact you. You can also find the partners you need.
  • Efficiency: Manage all your tenders, from selection of vendors and validation of documents, through issue, sub-tendering, bid, and awarding of contracts, on a single platform.
  • Insights: With additional tender flow options, detailed data that help you better evaluate suppliers and their bids, and detailed reports to track your company’s performance, you have the tools and information you need to make better decisions.
2. Add licences to exactly match your needs

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Each plan comes with a default set of Users and Active Tenders that is well suited for most businesses. However, should you need more users or concurrent tenders than the default plan provides, you can easily add extra licences by moving each of the sliders. Additional users and tenders can always be added at any point in the future.

3. Choose your Support Plan

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Choose the access to support that is most appropriate for your organization. As a rule of thumb, the greater the number of tenders you manage, the more important it is to get the responses you need as soon as possible.

 

What about our existing customers?

Our existing customers benefit from the new plans as well. Those that have been on the Basic plan have been migrated to the Efficiency plan, which has the same number of users. However, instead of only one tender included, you’ll now be able to manage 5 at a time.

All other plans will be automatically updated to the Insights plan. This plan includes 5 users but, to stress how important our existing customers are to us, we’re honouring the number of users specified in your current plan at no extra cost.

For any questions regarding these plans and how to upgrade, contact us.

Quickly create sub-tenders

Continuing on our series of articles on the upcoming Monaqasat v3, we’d today like to talk about another great feature we’ve been working on – easily creating sub-tenders.

Up until today, when a main tender was posted, all the bidders would automatically get access to all of the bidder-specific time and cost-saving features of Monaqasat, such as being able to immediately access the tender documents or being informed of any updates to such documents, being able to ask questions and receive answers straight from the consultants and submitting their bids online, all in an easy, secure and efficient solution.

However, in order for them to properly fill their bids, contractors must divide the large tender into dozens of smaller packages and tender them out to sub-contractors, who in turn might also tender even smaller packages to suppliers.

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As any contractor will no doubt confirm, this quickly becomes a massively complex operation, jeopardizing its capability to respond properly to tenders.

So we asked ourselves: why can’t contractors also benefit from the tender issuer benefits of using Monaqasat, such as added transparency, increased efficiency and our award-winning immediate reports?

Monaqasat v3 now makes this possible, and it’s as simple as clicking on a button.

How does it work?

The best way to explain how easy, efficient and time-saving this new feature is is to go through a normal flow:

  • The main tender is created and posted normally, without any extra work from the Tender Issuer’s side.
  • Once a bidder becomes part of the tender, he clicks on the ‘Create Sub-Tender’ button. Monaqasat will automatically create a new tender and link it up with the main tender.

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  • The bidder now simply goes to the Documents page, clicks on the ‘Import Documents’ and chooses which sections of which documents he would like to use for this particular sub-tender. He can import full documents, specific pages or items from the BoQ.

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  • He then shortlists any sub-contractor or supplier he would like to invite, either from the Main Company list or add them from a Company List he previously created.
  • The sub-tender gets posted and all the sub-contractors and suppliers get immediate access to the documents, can ask for clarifications and are automatically notified of any updates to the documents, exactly as for a regular tender.
  • Once the tender bidding is over, the contractor benefits from the Monaqasat advanced reports and can analyse the received prices like never possible before.
  • Once he is happy with one price, he simply clicks on the ‘Merge’ button next to the bid he would like to use and Monaqasat will automatically fill the proper sections in the main BoQ.

Using these simple steps as many times as needed, the contractors can  now consolidate all their tendering needs into Monaqasat, thus eliminating confusion, reducing costs and increasing transparency.

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New Bidding Options

Architects, Developers and Contractors however have largely different goals when tendering. Main tender issuers usually follow the very thorough and rigid tendering process, while contractors and sub-contractors need to be able to quickly get as many bids in as possible in order to get the best prices.

The good news is that we now support both flows equally, just by checking one or two checkboxes:

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By enabling Officers and Auditors to see the prices immediately, Tender Issuers will not have to wait until the official bidding end date to get the prices and will thus be able to react much more quickly to the different prices they get from sub-contractors and bidders.

Should they want to encourage competition between suppliers even more, Contractors can also enbale bidders to see what position they are in during the bidding process (without of course being made aware of the other bid prices) and to restrict the number of times they can un-submit and resubmit their prices. A lower number will mean that they be forced to submit better and more competitive prices early on.

As always, we’re very excited about these new features and would love to hear your opinions and feedback in the comments section below.