The Scottish Government is the devolved government for Scotland. It has a range of responsibilities including the economy, education, health, justice, rural affairs, housing, environment, equal opportunities, consumer advocacy and advice, transport, and taxation.
The Scottish Procurement & Property Directorate lead and deliver public procurement in Scotland at national, central government, and Scottish Government levels.
The Scottish Government has been featured in the May issue of Procurement Magazine.
In this exclusive interview, Lynn Wisener discussed the government’s use of eCommerce in public procurement.
“We have managed to deliver huge efficiencies to procurement processes and procedures not only for public sector professionals but for suppliers as well”
“In the last 20 years, we have gone from simply offering e-tendering (PCS-Tender) and purchase-to-pay (ELCOM’s PECOS P2P) capability, to providing a contract advertising portal (Public Contracts Scotland – PCS), spend analytics capability (the Procurement Information Hub), eInvoicing (ELCOM’s PECOS eInvoicing), and enhanced catalogue management functionality, also provided by ELCOM.”
Grant Smith, Chief Operating Officer, discusses the Scottish Government’s partnership with ELCOM for its P2P services as well as their future plans.
Watch Grant’s full interview here.
Since partnering with the Scottish Government in 2002, ELCOM’s product offering has significantly grown into a modular end-to-end supply chain solution — which is often referred to as a spend management software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution.
“The modular aspect of the solution means that the software can be deployed a module at a time, or as an entire end-to-end solution,” says Smith. “These modules cover eSourcing, contract management, catalogue management, procure-to-pay (P2P), inventory management, logistics management, inventory consumption, point of care, data analytics, electronic trading, and the provision of electronic marketplaces.”
Primarily working with the public sector, focusing on central government, health and education, ELCOM has recently launched a suite of supplier modules, which are gaining traction in the private sector.
“Those modules cover opportunity alerts, supplier accreditation, bid response management, electronic funding, electronic trading, electronic marketplace, and specialist retail management solutions,” says Smith.
You can read the report in the latest issue of Procurement Magazine by clicking HERE.