07 June 2001
A checklist that helps companies avoid costly e-procurement implementation mistakes has been launched by BuyIT, the body set up by the Department of Trade and Industry and private companies to foster good e-business practice.
The guidelines, drawn up in conjunction with CIPS, are based on the knowledge of 40 BuyIT members, including Rolls-Royce, Cable & Wireless, Shell, Oracle and IBM.
Peter Duschinsky, director of BuyIT's E-procurement Best Practice Network, said: "This is the sort of thing that some consultancies would charge £2,000 a day for and what members say they've found very useful."
Duschinsky hopes the checklist will overcome what he describes as widespread lack of understanding of e-procurement among senior management.
The checklist allows managers to analyse their company's procurement position and then, by means of questions and tips, determine the potential of the latest software.
* The guidelines are available for free at www.buyitnet.org.