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Updated Video Tutorials for your Free Purchase Order Software

We started updating some of the video tutorials on our YouTube Channel to show the 2016 release of SpendMap (v14).

Note the version number in the title of each video.

We plan to update more videos in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, feel free to refer to the older videos, even if you’re using the latest release of SpendMap.  We never take features away, so anything that you see in the older videos will still apply to newer releases of SpendMap, albeit with some differences in the screens.

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Finding answers about your Free Purchase Order Software

Chris works at a construction and maintenance services company in the United Kingdom and was asking about something that we wrote about a few months ago.

Of course we love to hear from anyone who has a question about their free Purchase Order Software but did you know that you can often find answers to your questions right here on this Blog?

To search for a topic, try clicking on the little “magnifying glass” at the right side of the menu at the top of the page or using the “Search Posts” widget in the right sidebar.

Catch a friend a fish and you feed them for a day…show a friend how to fish and you feed them for life!

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Free Purchase Order Software is like nuts in the shell

Ever notice how those Christmas nuts (in the shell) taste better?  Having to do a little work somehow makes the victory that little bit sweeter.

It’s kind of like the free version of SpendMap.  Sure, you’ll have to do some reading and maybe watch some video tutorials, but it’ll sure be sweet to have a totally free Purchase Order system up and running in the new year.

Or if you prefer your treats ready-to-eat, please call us to learn about the paid/commercial version of SpendMap, which comes with a full range of professional services like one-on-one training and implementation consulting.  We would be happy to crack the shells for you so that you can just dig in.

Ho-ho-ho.

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New video tutorial – free Purchase Order Software

We updated the video that reviews what you get when you download your free Purchase Order Software.

Feel free to Like and Share.  Thanks!

Popular Videos for Buyers and Purchasing Managers

Our YouTube Channel is approaching 80,000 views.

And the video that reviews our Free Purchase Order Software is about to hit 25,000 views itself.

Aside from helping you implement the free version of SpendMap, our video tutorials are a good way to learn about the benefits of e-procurement software in general.

Thanks for  your time and interest.

– The Free-Procurement Project Team

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Using vs. Implementing your Free Purchase Order Software

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Brenda was struggling a bit with her implementation of the free version of SpendMap, so we helped her by providing free support when she had questions about setting up her Master Files, using the built-in integration tools, and otherwise configuring the system to her needs.

But she still had a concern…

I’m worried that if I’m having trouble, it will be impossible for our staff as they are not very computer savvy at all“.

Fair enough, but keep in mind that implementing a business application like this is more involved than just using it for your day-to-day work.  For example, entering a Purchase Order or Requisition in SpendMap is much easier than setting up the master files, going through system configuration, etc.

Our customers tell us all the time that their users can handle the “day-to-day” stuff, with no training at all!

And remember, with User Definable Menus, you can remove everything from your staff’s field of view that they don’t need, leaving only the few functions that they’ll use to do their daily tasks (e.g. Enter a PO or Requisition, check the status of their order, etc.).

But Brenda certainly has a valid point.  This type of system is definitely more involved to set up than, say, a simple word processor or something, that you can just install and start using.  There are configuration settings, workflow options, master files to populate, not to mention mapping the functionality to your business processes, which in and of itself can take some time.

All that said, keep in mind that there is definitely a big carrot to keep you motivated while you work get the system going.

On a separate but related note, we will soon be offering Getting Started training and implementation consulting packages for users of the free version (until now, these services were reserved for people using our paid version only).  Make sure to follow our Blog, where we’ll make the announcement when the Getting Started package is available.

Don’t give up folks.  Rome wasn’t build in a day.

Step-by-step Setup Guide for free Purchase Order Software

We’ve had a few requests for a step-by-step guide or video tutorial for setting up the free version of SpendMap.  Mostly we’re seeing that in the responses to the survey that we send out a couple of weeks after people download the free Purchase Order system.

Yes, we thought of that when we were putting together the video tutorials and other resources for the free version of SpendMap.  The problem is, each company will take different steps when setting up SpendMap, depending on their specific procurement processes and the features and modules of the system that they plan to use.

For example, some people just want to automate their Purchase Orders, while others want to automate Requisitions and approvals, POs, receiving, supplier invoice approval, and inventory control.  And even within each module, there are many features that you may or may not need, depending on how you manage your Purchasing.

In our experience, most people only use 20% or so of the features/functionality in this type of system.  The challenge is, the 20% that you need will be different than the 20% that someone else needs.

So unfortunately it just not practical to put together a generic, “one-size-fits-all” getting started guide that would work for everyone.

We did, however, create 20 or so video tutorials for you, which cover the most popular features that most people will likely need.

Also, the Online Help system has a Getting Started section for each of the primary modules, which appears as the first sub-section under each module…

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You might also want to take a look at the subsection “Time to Implement” in the Getting Started Documentation that came with your free software…that will point you in the right direction.

Thanks for your input!

Free Purchase Order Software Video Tutorial

This new video tutorial outlines the free version of SpendMap that automates Purchase Orders and a whole lot more.

Click the image below to watch the video on YouTube…

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Need help with your free Purchase Order Software?

We’ve had a few requests for additional assistance to implement the free version of SpendMap. 

While we’ve had pretty much unanimously positive feedback on the video tutorials, the online help system and the other free implementation resources that we’ve provided, free or not there’s still some work that needs to be done to get a new Purchasing System up and running, and who has time these days?

We understand and we’re happy to help.

So we’re now offering “a-la-carte” professional services.  You can buy a block of hours for…

  • phone or web-based training
  • implementation consulting
  • system configuration
  • technical support

…or anything else that you might need help with.  We can help you set up your user accounts and Master Files, import your items and suppliers, or maybe just spend some time discussing your current purchasing processes and how best to improve things with SpendMap.

You can learn more about these stand-alone services, as well as the yearly Service Plan, on this page.

And don’t forget, we also offer a free Setup Session, to point you in the right direction.  Not a replacement for formal training or implementation consulting, but hey, it’s free!

Hope that helps.

Free Webinars for your free Purchase Order Software?

May we have your feedback on something?

We’re considering replacing (or augmenting) our free one-on-one setup/training sessions with group webinars.  We’re thinking that a group setting might allow you to learn from other people who are using the free version of SpendMap, in addition to the advice that our internal staff can provide.

Please take this 30 second survey to let us know which direction to go.

Thanks!