SciQuest Customer The University of California, Office of the President, Recognized for Collaborative Purchasing Efforts
ProcureCon and IACCM Honor UCOP with a 2012 Collaborate to Innovate Award for its Groundbreaking Purchasing Consortium
CARY, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- SciQuest, Inc., (NAS: SQI) a leading provider of cloud-based spend management solutions, congratulates long-time customer, The University of California, Office of the President (UCOP), on winning the ProcureCon and IACCM 2012 Collaborate to Innovate Award. UCOP's efforts to create a strategic purchasing consortium were recognized in the "Driving Innovation Through Collaboration" category. Winners of the 2012 Collaborate to Innovate Awards were honored on Oct. 15 at the ProcureCon USA conference.
The 2012 Collaborate to Innovate Awards recognize procurement organizations that have achieved innovative collaborative efforts that add essential value to their companies. Procurement organizations were asked to highlight their biggest collaborative procurement and supply-chain based accomplishment and outline why they should be acknowledged as a leader in collaborative strategic procurement among their peers.
The University of California system looked to SciQuest's e-Procurement platform (Supplier Information Management, Spend Radar, and Consortium) as a solution to drive collaboration and change across its 10 campuses. Prior to SciQuest, UCOP's purchasing department did not make negotiated contracts available to end users or track spending through its existing contracts.
"Higher education institutions in California are under continuous pressure to reduce expenses and increase efficiencies while coping with numerous budget cuts," said Alan Moloney, director, Procurement Services, UCOP. "With SciQuest, we've created a comprehensive, easy-to-use purchasing system that enables us to achieve deeper visibility into spending. As a result, we have been able to negotiate more strategic contracts and increase overall savings. Since implementing the strategic sourcing consortia, we have achieved $85 million in savings in the last year alone."
A crucial part of the consortia is communication and collaboration among the participating schools. In addition to weekly calls, purchasing staff share insights on marketing the value of procurement best practices to the campus. Purchasing staff also routinely share information about suppliers and contracts with campus employees.
"UCOP's visionary approach to purchasing is a roadmap for public sector and higher education institutions looking to increase efficiencies, enhance negotiating power and facilitate collaboration," said Eric Zoetmulder, director, product marketing, SciQuest. "Organizations are under enormous stress to reduce spending as budgets continue to tighten. By pooling resources, they can continue to successfully meet their constituents' needs while operating with fewer resources."
To learn more about UCOP's consortia, please visit SciQuest's blog, The Open Kitchen, for a behind-the-scenes Q&A with UCOP's Alan Moloney.
SciQuest's (NAS: SQI) easy-to-use solutions help contract management, procurement, and accounts payable professionals make daily operations efficient through smart automation, and turn the focus on more strategic decisions that impact the bottom line. With unmatched visibility into spending, combined with the Power of Q — the Company's unique combination of products and support — SciQuest provides organizations with a strategic approach to procurement, improving bottom-line results.
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