14 December 2000
Organisations implementing e-procurement systems are making a big mistake if they attempt to manage online catalogues themselves.
That was the consensus among speakers at the launch of the BuyIT E-Procurement Best Practice Network's guidelines in London last week.
"If you thinking about investing in this, think again," urged Peter Duschinsky, director of the group, which is backed by CIPS, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Office of the E-envoy. The task was simply too big and too expensive for companies to take on and was best left to specialist catalogue management firms, he said.
Purchasing practitioners at the event agreed. Peter Shepheard, group procurement services manager at Shell International, said: "There's a tremendous amount of money being wasted on this."
And Ninian Wilson, director of global purchasing processes and systems at Cable & Wireless, added: "We have enough trouble managing our suppliers, let alone their content."
Duschinsky said it was only a matter of time before catalogue management services were included as standard by e-procurement software vendors.