Reseller iPlatinum has had a strategic win in the local government e-procurement market, after securing a deal with the Local Government Association of Queensland’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Local Buy.
iPlatinum will integrate local developer marketboomer’s eHub e-procurement solution. This will allow 125 Queensland councils to connect seamlessly online to their suppliers via the Local Buy eMarketplace.
Local Buy was established to provide procurement services and solutions to Queensland councils and to facilitate the inclusion of local suppliers in procurement systems.
iPlatinum negotiated the terms of the deal and will manage the project through to its completion. The first stage of the implementation will be introduced in modules between Q1 2004 and June 2004.
“We will provide frontline customer support, all implementation and integration work and will manage the relationship with the customer on behalf of marketboomer,” iPlatinum CEO, Michael Preedy, said.
iPlatinum became the exclusive agent for Australian eProcurement specialist marketboomer about 18 months ago. The partners went on to win Queensland Local Government’s tender for an e-procurement marketplace solution 12 months ago. The successful bid provided the basis for the latest win by iPlatinum and marketboomer.
Preedy said out of the 12 other companies bidding for the tender, iPlatinum was selected because its solution was the most affordable, could be quickly implemented and was quick and easy to use.
iPlatinum had already implemented the e-procurement marketplace solution, so essentially it would be adding additional components to the core infrastructure, such as integrating new functionality, the eHub messaging service and various financial management systems to suit specific departments, he said.
Preedy said the deal was more of a strategic win than a financial one. It would allow the reseller to build its profile in the local government e-procurement market.
“It’ll give us a foothold in the e-procurement space in local government and will help us move into other local governments outside of Queensland,” he said.