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Joliet Junior College expands its spend management toolbox with ESM

Solution automates bids, quotes, solicitation activities

Joliet Junior College, a long time customer of ESM’s Purchase solution, has been cutting its purchase order costs dramatically.

Now it has signed on to use another tool in ESM’s suite of Spend Management solutions - the bids and solicitation platform. The Illinois-based Community College serves over  15,000 students.

With the addition of this solution, purchasing along with its end users can replace paper-based processes with a streamlined platform that automates all of their bid, quote and solicitation processes and still provides sealed bid capabilities all integrated into the ESM Purchase toolset. Thanks to the tool’s template library, users say it cuts down dramatically on the man-hours and effort required to pull together a sourcing event.

With ESM’s Sourcing solution, users can:

  • Create a new RFx event from an existing template or from scratch. The solution makes it easy to add sections, such as check boxes, attachments and questions, as needed.
  • Weight each section of an RFx based on their unique needs, including support for local vendors, environmentally friendly products, or minority-owned businesses.
  • Publish the RFx event to lists of prospective buyers through the ESM supplier network or invite preferred vendors directly.
  • Collaborate with potential suppliers and evaluate them through the online portal.

The Spend Management suite easily integrates with any ERP. At Joliet, the college uses Colleague by Ellucian.

“By having it all within one suite of tools, our Sourcing solution is a real timesaver for our customers,” ESM CEO Anthony Rotoli said. “We know Joliet Junior College will see big benefits as they begin to take extend their use of the platform.”

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