Talk about putting your money where your mouth is.
We’re positioning the Free-Procurement Project as free “Purchase Order software” for a bunch of reasons that I won’t go into here but the free version of SpendMap actually includes all 12 modules, including requisitioning, receiving, supplier invoice approval, even inventory control and asset management.
If all you want to do is automate your Purchase Orders, that’s fine – just stick with the Purchasing Module. The functionality is compartmentalized, so you don’t need to use all features/modules if you don’t want to.
But if you’re up for it, you can use SpendMap to automate everything from initial requisition all the way through to the approval of the supplier’s invoice and integration with your Accounts Payable system. This is commonly referred to as “req-to-check” or “purchase-to-pay” (P2P for short).
If you intend to branch out into these other optional areas, however, you should be prepared to present a business case to decision makers and other departments that will be affected, such as the folks in Accounts Payable, department managers who will be approving orders online, perhaps even end-user staff members (requisitioners).
To help you get started building a business case, here’s a list of how e-procurement software can improve your business results at each step of the procurement process…
Did you hear the “pop”? That was us celebrating the arrival of the world’s first free e-procurement system.
We’ve tried to predict your questions and we put that knowledge into the online help system and the first round of tutorial videos. But we aren’t expecting to hit a home run right out of the gate, so please send us your feedback and let us know what else we can do to help.
And don’t forget to sign up for this Blog. As we add to the software and our library of tutorials or other resources, we’ll be making blog posts to let you know that there’s something new to help. If you don’t follow the blog, you won’t find out about the new stuff.
Thanks again for trying the free version of SpendMap!
Just finished setting up the blog/website for the project (this blog/website I mean).
I say “blog/website” because the lines are pretty blurry. It’s amazing how much you can do with this free WordPress software.
Hopefully our Free-Procurement customers will be equally as impressed with what they can accomplish with the free Purchasing Software.
Last couple weeks we’ve been working on a new YouTube channel with online software tutorials. Should be really helpful for new users. A great compliment to the new Help System (which so far is getting rave reviews).
Six tutorials posted so far…mostly high-level stuff for now…
YouTube is fun…feeling like a movie star!
Wow, I can’t believe it’s been 9 months.
Lots of work but the improvements in this summer’s release, especially the many “ease-of-use” features, along with the new Help System, will definitely help new users get up and running with the system fast. A definite prerequisite for this Free endeavour.
Next step is infrastructure to support mass-distribution of Free version (downloads, automatic updates, etc.).