06 June 2002
Purchasers in local government should not "bust a gut" and rush to meet the government's target for e-procurement, according to the chair of the CIPS information systems committee.
Ken Cole said it was more important to focus on building a strong business case for establishing e-procurement and for council buyers to not get pushed into decisions they may regret.
"People see the 2005 target looming but must not let it override their decisions," he said.
"It's important that councils show they have the intention to fall in line with the target rather than bust a gut to get there."
The cultural change of introducing e-procurement can last up to five years, potentially beyond the government target, added Cole.
• A new guide, Making Byatt Happen, written by Ken Cole with e-business software vendor Biomni, aims to help councils plan e-procurement projects.
The guide is a response to last year's Byatt report, which demanded better procurement in local authorities. It is available online at www.strategicps.co.uk