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The APMP and Baachu Dispute: An Objective Assessment of Allegations and Facts

Baskar Sundaram
Baskar Sundaram

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The Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) revoked Baachu Scribble’s Approved Training Organization (ATO) status in June 2022, alleging that Baachu had sent out advertising to APMP members and the proposal and bid management community, urging members to consider Baachu’s certifications as a “cheaper alternative” to APMP’s certifications. Additionally, APMP claimed that Baachu had set up its own fee-based proposal management community, which acts as a competitor/alternative to APMP.

In February 2023, APMP released a new statement, alleging repeated copyright and intellectual property infringement by Baachu and further competition with APMP.

Baachu responded in detail with facts to each of the claims over 15 pages, while the accuser APMP has failed to provide any verifiable evidence to support their allegations. In this article, we will provide an unambiguous, objective analysis of the APMP statements and the ongoing issue between APMP and Baachu.

The controversy between APMP and Baachu began in June 2022 when APMP revoked Baachu’s Approved Training Organization (ATO) status. APMP alleged that Baachu had sent advertising to APMP members and the proposal and bid management community, encouraging them to consider Baachu’s certifications as a cheaper alternative to APMP’s, and had set up a fee-based proposal management community that acted as a competitor/alternative to APMP.

In February 2023, APMP released a statement outlining four reasons why Baachu’s ATO status was revoked. The reasons include allegations of copyright and intellectual property infringement, as well as allegations that Baachu marketed against APMP and set up a fee-based proposal management community that acted as a competitor to APMP.

While the allegations against Baachu are serious and merit a thorough investigation, there are several concerns with APMP’s handling of the situation.

  1. APMP has failed to provide any evidence to support its claims that Baachu sent advertising to APMP members and the proposal and bid management community, urging them to consider Baachu’s certifications as a cheaper alternative to APMP’s.
  2. APMP has also failed to provide any evidence to support its claim that Baachu’s fee-based proposal management community acts as a competitor/alternative to APMP.
  3. Baachu has responded to each of APMP’s allegations in detail with facts over 15 pages for each of these allegations. In contrast, APMP has not shared any evidence to substantiate its allegations against Baachu. Baachu’s response to APMP’s allegations raises further concerns about the validity and accuracy of APMP’s claims.
  4. Furthermore, there is a discrepancy between the reasons provided by APMP in June 2022 for revoking Baachu’s ATO status and the allegations of copyright infringement in APMP’s statement released on February 12th, 2023. Such a contradiction raises serious concerns about the validity and accuracy of APMP’s allegations against Baachu.
  5. Despite Baachu’s response, the allegations of copyright and intellectual property infringement have raised further concerns about the situation between APMP and Baachu. Some have questioned why APMP did not raise these concerns earlier in June 2022 and whether the new allegations are simply an attempt to justify the revocation of Baachu’s ATO status.
  6. APMP’s handling of the revocation process also raises concerns about due process and fairness. Baachu was not given the opportunity to review and challenge the facts presented in APMP’s staff report, while APMP had the opportunity to review Baachu’s materials before the hearing.
  7. Baachu’s CEO was given only 7 minutes to respond to the allegations and 45 minutes of questioning during the Professional Ethics Committee hearing which should have been conducted by independent jurors but was conducted by APMP Executive Committee.

Moreover, the lack of communication and dialogue between APMP and Baachu is disappointing. APMP did not take the time to familiarize itself with Baachu’s efforts before revoking its ATO status. Revoking Baachu’s ATO status does not serve the best interest of APMP members or the proposal management industry as a whole.

It is in the best interest of both organizations to engage in open and transparent communication to resolve the issue. The proposal management industry is a growing and competitive industry, and there is room for all types of learning organisations to thrive. By working together, APMP and Baachu could create a more inclusive and collaborative environment that benefits individuals and organizations in the industry.

In conclusion, the lack of evidence and transparency in the revocation process raises concerns about the validity and accuracy of the allegations made by APMP against Baachu. Baachu’s response to each of the allegations with detailed facts raises further doubts about the claims. 

The lack of due process and fairness in the revocation process and the discrepancy between the reasons provided by APMP in June 2022 and the allegations of copyright and intellectual property infringement in February 2023 further undermine APMP’s case.

The revocation of Baachu’s ATO status by APMP has led to a contentious issue that has yet to be resolved. The lack of communication and transparency from APMP has hindered the ability to find a mutually beneficial solution. 

The new allegations by APMP in February 2023 have added further complexity to the issue and raised questions about the validity and accuracy of the claims. It is in the best interest for APMP and Baachu to engage in a constructive dialogue to find a mutually beneficial solution that serves the interests of APMP members and the bid and proposal profession as a whole.

The APMP and Baachu Dispute: An Objective Assessment of Allegations and Facts

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