10 May 2001 | Geraint John
Small firms can move faster than larger ones when it comes to getting online, according to a speaker at the NAPM conference who has seen her company's small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) move onto the web.
Sue Chara, an e-procurement manager at software company JD Edwards, told delegates that it had managed to get smaller firms, such as the catering contractor for its Denver headquarters in the US and its UK stationery supplier, live in a matter of weeks.
Despite not having the IT infrastructure and resources of bigger firms, small suppliers were often willing to move faster to get their catalogue data online, she said.
Less bureaucracy and a greater hunger for the business seemed to be the main reasons for the relative swiftness of some of the SMEs.
JD Edwards, which produces enterprise resource planning software, started pilots of its e-procurement system in February last year on a range of indirect goods and services. It has saved £5.3 million on an annual spend of £143.3 million - just under 4 per cent - so far.