WASHINGTON and MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA PRNewswire January 29, 2001 Ariba is that latest B2B to move B2G. The behemoth enabler recently teamed up with eFederal, a government e-procurement technology services company, to create a centralized business-to-government (B2G) online marketplace. By using the Ariba Marketplace solution, eFederal will offer implementation services to Ariba's government customers as a Certified Ariba Systems Integrator (CASI).
The eFederal marketplace is designed to provide a government-specific collaborative network for the sourcing, facilitation, configuration and procurement of a variety of goods and services including computer products, office supplies, maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) items, medical supplies and specialized products and services. eFederal currently offers online spot buy purchasing of over 34,000 computer and office products for government and Department of Defense buyers via its digital marketplace.
eFederal understands the benefits and opportunities of B2G e-commerce and is committed to bringing these to government agencies who want to streamline the often complex and lengthy, procurement process, said Jerry Connell, director of public sector for Ariba. With the Ariba B2B Commerce Platform as the foundation for its online B2G marketplace and e-commerce solutions, eFederal can offer its customers efficient, cost effective ways to conduct business.
Perhaps Ariba was lured into the B2G space by all the hype. According to a recent study by BB&T Capital Markets, U.S. Government spending is projected to be $760 billion in 2001. Additionally, the Gartner Group estimates that 77 percent of government CIO's surveyed said they plan to implement an e-procurement solution within the next three years.