18 September 2003 | Robin Parker
An online tendering system that aims to help public-sector purchasers meet the government's e-business objectives is now on the market.
The QLook system, from Q Business Solutions, is targeting buyers and their suppliers in a bid to drive the public sector towards fully e-enabled services by 2005.
At its core is an e-tendering and e-quotations engine that controls all contract information between purchasers and suppliers.
The web-based service publishes buyers' documents electronically and ensures they are sent to interested parties. Suppliers can then access adverts for tenders, including those in the Official Journal of the European Union, and respond securely.
Full receipts are given on all documents, which are encrypted both in transit and when stored, and only accessible to those with the authority to do so.
QLook also makes master copies of the documents, along with communications and other activities, available for five years for audit purposes.
The company is presently targeting the public sector to help it meet government goals, but a version aimed at the private sector is on the cards for later this year.