In addition to creating an electronic catalog, existing procurement processes need to be “electrified” end-to-end to support the entire e-procurement process. This includes requisition and order management, real-time tracking and receiving, online order fulfillment, automatic billing, invoicing and payment, as well as workflow management, commerce transactions, and reporting and analysis tools.
Note that an effective e-procurement platform must support both the buyer’s and the supplier’s business processes. It should also offer functionality that can easily be customized and configured to meet specific e-procurement requirements. In general, a successful e-procurement solution will be founded on an open, component-based model that offers easy configurability and scalability.