Teutonic e-Business

Bavarian government e-sourcing project cited

Westboro, MA  May 9, 2001  A Bavarian government "electronic sourcing" project has been selected to receive an E-Gov 2001 "Pioneer" award for innovation in government sourcing.

Bavaria's Department of the Interior, using e-sourcing software from technology and services provider Healy Hudson, was cited as the first European public authority to successfully implement an electronic sourcing initiative going beyond basic reverse-auction or ordering processes.

Incorporating stringent, highly complex European Union and German legislation designed to ensure fair, European Union-wide supplier contracting, the department used the Healy Hudson software to identify and negotiate optimal terms with the vendors across a diverse language, cultural, currency, tax and user base, resulting in reported purchasing savings of 38 percent.

"The European Union, as a multinational federation, presents unique challenges for public bidding and contracting," explained Healy Hudson Chief Operating Officer Piet Buyck. "Bavaria was not only able to dramatically expand its potential pool of suppliers, but was also able to conduct a strictly fair, competitive international bidding process to objectively identify the suppliers that offered the best overall value."

The Bavarian project competed for the E-Gov award against nearly 300 applicants. A panel of government and industry representatives evaluated submitted projects based on each case study's baseline circumstances or problem, the solution itself and the ultimate scope, or impact, of the solution.

E-Gov is the organizer of the E-Gov Conference and Exposition, the nation's largest event focused on Electronic Government policy, implementation, and technology, to be held July 10-11 in Washington, D.C.

German Healy Hudson, which recently opened its North American offices, provides what it terms "collaborative, multi-tier supplier relationship management (SRM) solutions," that is, services and software that let companies better manage and communicate with multiple tiers in their supply chain.

To learn more about how Healy Hudson is enabling supply chain visibility, read "Supply Chain 20/20" in the June 2001 issue of iSource Business.