Tarheel Procurement

North Carolina makes statewide e-procurement move

February 16, 2001 -- Epylon Corporation, a provider of hosted e-business software and services for education and government institutions, today announced that the State of North Carolina will deploy Epylon's tailored e-procurement solution, powered by Ariba's B2B eCommerce platform, to be rolled out across North Carolina state agencies, universities, community colleges, cities, counties and local education authorities.

Epylon will provide the state with improved purchasing processes, reduced operating costs and enhanced audit and reporting requirements. A self-funding business model will cover infrastructure costs associated with purchasing the e-procurement solution.

The announcement marks North Carolina's decision to exercise its option under a contract with Accenture, formerly known as Anderson Consulting, to integrate eProcurement into NC@ Your Service, the award-winning portal developed by the firm. Accenture and Epylon will team with Ariba.

This innovative e-procurement approach supports Governor Mike Easley's commitment to North Carolina and enables the state to get goods and services from a Web-based system, said Ron Hawley, North Carolina's chief information officer. This is a self-funded public/private partnership that streamlines the state's purchasing systems.

The State of North Carolina shows tremendous leadership in choosing to extend their eGovernment initiatives through eProcurement, bringing cost-savings and efficiencies to both their agencies statewide as well as their suppliers, said Stephen J. George, founder and CEO of Epylon Corporation. We look forward to helping the state leverage its resources with the power of our tailored, Ariba-based solution.