University of Birmingham learns an e-procurement lesson

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The UK University of Birmingham has selected Get Real Systems software to streamline its purchasing and stock control procedures. The project aims to streamline its $117 million non-staff spend and will eventually span more than 100 different budget centres across campus.

The university has begun a pilot implementation across the Finance office, and the Engineering and Cancer Studies budget centres. The second phase of the project will begin shortly afterwards, and is planned for completion by next summer.

“Get Real Systems’ Proactis software will tell is what we are spending and where,” said Barry Higgins, the university’s assistant director of finance (procurement). "It will help reduce transaction costs and levels of stock and will begin to eliminate paper from the procurement process. Birmingham can expect quantifiable savings on non-staff expenditure

About The University of Birmingham
The university is one of the leading research-based universities in the UK, providing teaching and research in all major disciplines. It has over 15,000 undergraduates and nearly 7,000 postgraduates as well as employing over 6,000 staff. Annual income is in excess of $366 million.

About Get Real Systems
Get Real specialises in developing solutions for e-procurement and the inbound supply chain. Customers include Caerphilly County Borough Council, Furniture 123, Cornhill Insurance, NSPCC, NFER, Hoyer UK Ltd and Crowne Plaza Hotels.

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