Author: Elena Moreland/Monday, June 13, 2016
Rolling out major ERP and e Procurement systems has been a
key element of state procurement reform initiatives implemented by states over
the past decade. NASPO members recognize the prevalence of eProcurement/ERP
Solutions and the clear return on investment from automating state procurement.
Implementing eProcurement/ERP systems is one of the top five priorities for
NASPO in 2016.
This paper highlights key elements and functionalities of
electronic procurement systems in seven states. The paper discusses eProcurement/ERP
implementations including efficiencies gained, increased transparency of spend
and procurement processes along with success stories and challenges.
Implementing eProcurement/ERP solutions generate substantial
savings and create efficiencies for the state central procurement office and
user agencies as well; they facilitate the collection of comprehensive spend
data and increase transparency. Additionally, these systems increase
competition, provide easily-accessible and efficient ways to participate in
contracting opportunities to all suppliers.