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eProcurement(ePro) - Taking University Purchasing to the Next Level

eProcurement (ePro) – Taking University Purchasing to the Next Level!

The ePro implementation project is moving along right on schedule, gaining energy and impetus as it progresses. From early January through mid-February "fit-gap" analysis sessions were held with each Campus Advisory Group (CAG). The purpose of these sessions was to demonstrate the functional aspects of the software solution, compare that to local business practices, and identify and address significant "gaps" if present.

We are pleased to report that there were no major design issues identified as a result of the "fit-gap" sessions. During the week of February 26 the Campus Advisory Groups hosted project overview and product demonstration assemblies open to all staff at their respective campuses. Attendance at all of these programs was tremendous with UMC turning out overflow crowds in excess of 225 persons for both the morning and afternoon sessions. 

During these campus assemblies the "Name the Marketplace" contest was announced. All staff were invited to submit to their respective CAG ideas for a name and corresponding logo that best personify our new system wide "virtual" shopping mall. The entries were reviewed by each CAG and their choice of the best campus submission was forwarded to the Core Project Team. 

Individuals submitting the overall winner and the three runner-up entries will all receive prizes. The winning design, names of all the contest winners and the prizes received will be posted on the new ePro Project website after the contest ends on May 1, 2007.

This web page, which can be accessed via the UM Procurement Services website, will also serve as a ready reference for all information regarding the current status of the project including executed supplier agreements. Later on, in the system development of the site, we will include a "sandbox" training environment where future users can become accustomed to the look, feel and function of the new marketplace before we go live. Remember to direct any questions, suggestions or concerns to your local CAG as your input is really important to the success of this project!!

Campus Advisory Group Leads are UMC - Teresa Vest, UMKC - David Babcock, UMR - Pat Davis, and UMSL - Tangie Brooks

Reviewed 2011-06-01.

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