Gartner Research

E-Procurement: A Blueprint for Revolution or Hype?

Published: 09 February 2000

ID: G0086335

Analyst(s): Jonathan Luebbers, Barbara Reilly, David Hope-Ross


Electronic procurement (e-procurement) applications can help make procurement more efficient and can enhance relationships with nondirect suppliers. The e-procurement revolution promises to redefine buyer and supplier relationships completely, yet many enterprises simply implement Web e-procurement software — without rethinking the processes needed to transform the procurement cycle. Enterprises can implement e-procurement systems in as few as 60 days, but through 2004, improving the return on investment (ROI) of e-procurement requires a transformation of processes that will take a large enterprise more than two years (0.7 probability).

Table Of Contents
  • Management Summary
  • Introduction
  • E-Procurement Strategy
    • The Impact of E-Procurement on the Enterprise’s Culture and Organization
    • Best Practices for Implementing E-Procurement
  • The Cost of Implementing E-Procurement
    • Identifying the Costs
    • Estimating the Savings from E-Procurement
  • Criteria for Selecting the Right E-Procurement Vendors and Software
    • The E-Procurement Vendor Marketplace
    • Criteria for Selecting E-Procurement Vendors
    • What Differentiates E-Procurement Vendors
  • Conclusions
  • Acronym Key

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