WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND
The wave of ICTs adoption in virtually all facets of human endeavors has been the high point of this century, the procurement field inclusive, Officers in organizations and project teams have witnessed the introduction of electronic procurement (e-procurement) process which has been widely adopted in the international frontier. E-procurement, the process of purchasing goods and services electronically, and the use of integrated communication systems for the conduct of part or all of the purchasing process which incorporates stages from the initial need identification by users, through search, sourcing, negotiation, ordering, receipt and post-purchase review is perceived as a means of saving resources.
In fact, the Federal Government of Nigeria has announced plans to start the pilot phase of electronic procurement (E-Procurement) systems in six ministries. The government believes that about forty-eight billion Naira could be saved from the new initiative in 2017. Similarly donor agencies and development partners, including the World Bank, are also introducing modern procurement platforms using ICT tools and techniques. This is why having a clear-cut IT strategy in procurement is key to establishing a competitive advantage.
To successfully meet this goal, the use of procurement software would come in handy because, e-procurement software typically computerizes numerous procurement-related activities thereby eliminating the need for manual and/or paper-based processes and saving cost. However, similar to the implementation of other electronic systems, implementing an e-procurement application comes with potential challenges, particularly around installing and integrating the software into other systems in use in the organisation; training employees to use it; and working with suppliers to ensure a smooth transition to the new computer system. In addition, e-procurement may not work well for every type of purchase, one such area, for example, is the procurement of mission-critical items that are available through only a few suppliers and where inventories can run low, and procuring such items involves complex negotiations; and/or where the potential to lower costs through an e-procurement platform is minimal.
This training will expose officials who perform procurement duties to the information and skills they need to acquire to operate a successful e-procurement platform.