Project Status

The Free-Procurement Project is on Facebook

Find us on FacebookHey there fellow Spend-Mappers,

We just joined Facebook to help keep the conversation going, and to expand our social media presence beyond Twitter and this Blog.

Please “Like” our Facebook page and join the conversation.

We need to get to 20 Likes before Facebook will give us a proper (short) address/URL for our Page, and if we can get to 100 Likes, we can start running offers.

In addition to updates on the Project, software “tips and tricks” and other content similar to this Blog, we plan to use our new Facebook Fan Page to develop a closer relationship with the Free-Procurement community (that’s you).

Looking forward to connecting with you soon…

Best regards,
-The Free-Procurement Project team

Upgrading your free Purchase Order Software is easier than you think

We had a couple support tickets from people using the free version of SpendMap in a multiuser/network environment, asking if they have to apply the recent update to each PC workstation.

No, you only need to run the update once, on the PC/workstation of your choice. All other workstations will be updated auto-magically when they run SpendMap the first time after the upgrade, at which time SpendMap will pull the new files down from the server to the individual PCs.

Please update your free Purchase Order system at your earliest convenience, as we would like to eventually stop supporting version 11.64.

Thanks!

It’s time to upgrade your Free Purchase Order Software

If you are still using last year’s release (v11.64), you can now upgrade your Free version of SpendMap to the latest release (v11.98).

The new release includes more than 20 new features and capabilities, in addition to various minor fixes and performance improvements.  Please update your system at your earliest convenience, as we will eventually stop supporting version 11.64.

The upgrade utility will bring forward all your data, history, settings, etc., so you will not lose any of your work in SpendMap.

For complete details and instructions for upgrading your system, please select the menu HELP > CHECK FOR UPDATES, then follow the red hyperlink that you will see at the bottom of the Main Menu in SpendMap.

Best regards,

The Free-Procurement Project team
Totally FREE software that automates Purchase Orders and a whole lot more
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Update Server Offline Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The server that we use to distribute updates/patches for the Free Version of SpendMap will be offline Tuesday, March 26 between 6:00AM and 9:00AM Eastern Time.  You will not be able to download updates for your free Purchase Order Software during this window.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Best regards,

The Free-Procurement Project team
Totally FREE software that automates Purchase Orders and a whole lot more

Windows 8 Support for Free Purchase Order Software

Windows 8The 2013 Release of SpendMap is here, with Windows 8 support and around 20 other new features.

So if you’ve been waiting for Win8 support before downloading your Free Purchase Order Software, the wait is over.  You can download the 2013 Release here.

New Systems Only

This is for new installations only and cannot be used to update your system if you’re already using the Free version of SpendMap (the 2012 release).

For those already using the system, we are working on an update utility to bring your system forward to the 2013 release.  The update utility will retain all your data/history, so you won’t lose any of your work when you upgrade.  Just follow this blog to be notified when the update utility is ready, which we expect will be in the next couple weeks.

More Firewall Friendly

We also made the 2013 release more firewall and proxy server friendly and reduced the frequency that the system checks for updates, so if you had any trouble getting it going before, you might want to give it another try now.

If you need any help, please use our free Support Ticket System.

Thanks.

The Free-Procurement Project Turns 1

This week is the 1-year Anniversary of The Free-Procurement Project.

Free Purchase Order Software turns 1
That’s right, it’s been one year since we launched the world’s first totally free e-procurement system.

And even with our 20 years of experience in this business, we could never have predicted how much interest there would be in the Project.  So far, more than 5,000 people in over 100 countries have downloaded the Free version of SpendMap.

Our sincere thanks to the entire Free-Procurement community and all of you who helped make this project a success!

All the best,
– The Free-Procurement Project Team

Windows 8 Support for your Free Purchase Order Software

I’m writing this blog post on my fancy new Windows 8 machine with touch screen.  It’s taking a bit to get used to but I must say, I’m liking the new Windows 8 experience and I suspect it will be a big hit for Microsoft.

We have completed our development work on the 2013 release of SpendMap, which includes Windows 8 support and around 20 other new features, and we have begun our testing phase.

If you are already using last year’s release of our Free Purchase Order System (v11.64), make sure to follow this blog and we’ll let you know when an update is ready.  As with all new SpendMap releases, the update utility is completely automatic and will bring forward all your settings, master files, POs and other transactions, so you won’t lose any of your work.

Happy 2013 everyone!

Thank you for being part of a wonderful 2012 at SpendMap

2012 was a fun and innovative year at SpendMap.  As in recent years, we worked closely with a couple hundred midsize and larger organizations that bought our software products and services to automate their procurement processes and drive their Spend Management initiatives.

But this year, thanks to the Free-Procurement Project (and the magic of the Internet and social media), we were also able to engage thousands of smaller companies that would never have had the opportunity to reap the benefits of e-procurement technology before.

It sure felt good to give back.

We would like to thank the entire Free-Procurement community for believing in us.  Based on the number of people this year who told us that a free e-procurement system seems too good to be true, we understand that it still takes a leap of faith to choose free software to automate your Purchase Orders and related processes, and we are grateful to everyone who gave it a try.

And we’re especially grateful to all the people who have fully implement the free system, many with no training at all.  You proved once and for all that SpendMap is one of the easiest Purchasing Systems to use, and you also proved that companies of any size can automate and control their spending with little or no budgets for their e-procurement projects.

We look forward to working with you all this coming year, starting with the 2013 release of SpendMap, which we hope to start rolling out early in the new year.

May 2013 bring you continued success, health and happiness.

All the best,

– The Free-Procurement Project Team

Support Ticket System for free Purchase Order Software

We are upgrading some of our servers, so the free Support Ticket System will be offline for part of the day today.

If you need any help with the free version of SpendMap, just send an e-mail to free-support@spendmap.com and a new support ticket will be created for you automatically.

Thanks for your patience as we improve our infrastructure and prepare for additional growth in 2013.

Free Purchase Order Software – Status Update

Our Blog will be a little more quiet than usual for the next few weeks as we work on the 2013 release of SpendMap, which we hope to officially announce early in the Next Year.

While some of the new features will only be available in the (paid) web-based version of SpendMap (e.g. Executive Dashboards, SQL Server 2012 support, etc.), we expect around 20 or so new features to make their way into the next free version of SpendMap.  Here are just a few…

  • Support for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012
  • Ability to create Requisitions for Blanket Purchase Orders
  • New utility to import requisition approval/routing rules during system setup
  • Ability to broadcast e-mails to all or some suppliers from within SpendMap
  • New e-mail notification:  e-mail copy of final Purchase Order to the Requisitioner
  • Ability to specify Max inventory levels by inventory location

Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the release date.

And if you haven’t yet subscribed to this blog, just use the field at the top-left of this page to get updates by e-mail when we have news for you about the free Purchase Order Software System.