06 September 2001 | Robin Parker
Rapid installation of a new e-procurement system has enabled IT buyers at Southampton City Council to bring nearly all purchasing online ahead of e-government targets.
The council's IT procurement department claims that the Biomni Directa solution has already enabled it to bring "almost 100 per cent" of its everyday purchasing online. The Office of the e-Envoy set a target for all local and central government services to be available online by 2005.
The installation streamlines the council's core £2 million annual spend on IT goods and services, as well as office supplies. It replaces a legacy Computacenter "on-trac" system.
Key to the initial success was the speed of implementation, said Ram Ramachander, Biomni's head of government . "IT was seen as easiest to e-procure, particularly with the high level of knowledge among suppliers. It was seen as a 'quick win'."
Simon Burton, the council's IT procurement services manager, said the main consideration for its implementation was to save time on major projects.