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Fall 2005

On-line Shopping in U.Va.'s Future

Anyone who has purchased something over the Internet from or eBay, among others, is familiar with the look, feel, and functionality of “on-line shopping.” What makes on-line shopping work is an electronic procurement system. It allows you to review catalogs on line, put items in your shopping cart, indicate your method of payment, and check out.

The University has decided to implement a true electronic procurement system as soon as possible, both for sound business reasons and in order to satisfy a state-wide mandate to implement efficient and effective procurement systems or to use the state’s electronic procurement system, eVA.

“Electronic procurement is a direction we want to go,” says Eric Denby, Director of Procurement Services. “In the long run, it is the most efficient approach to purchasing. However, it requires significant business change for purchasers, so the system we implement must be intuitive, comprehensive, and easy to use.”

Virginia Evans, Assistant Vice President for ISDS, adds, “Considerable time and energy is being invested currently in identifying the best solution for the University. Procurement Services and ISDS staff are working closely to select and to begin implementing a solution, planning for a ‘go-live’ in December 2006.

“Stay tuned – you will hear much more about this initiative as it progresses.”