More than 70 per cent of companies surveyed at Com Tech's recent annual forum are adopting the e-procurement model, but only 10 per cent actually use e-marketplaces.
Cost savings are driving the move to e-procurement with the 200 companies surveyed expecting to reduce administrative costs, enforce purchasing compliance within the organisation and leverage discounts from suppliers.
About half the respondents already have a B2B strategy, with 22 per cent developing it in-house and 27 per cent using external consultants.
Despite the enthusiasm for e-procurement reflected in the survey it has not translated into a strong uptake of e-marketplace usage, though a further 17 per cent plan to use one in the next 12 months.
The survey also revealed 94 per cent of respondents currently maintain a public Web site, but more than half plan to outsource their Web hosting to secure guaranteed performance levels and scalability.
The main benefit of in-house Web hosting was the ability to better manage content, respondents said.
* Sandra Van Dijk is a Computerworld Australia journalist