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A spend management revolution at Joliet Junior College

 [/et_pb_sidebar] Read Now A Case Study: Spend Management Revolution at Joliet Junior College See how ESM transformed how spend happens at JJC Not that long ago, just filling out a purchase order at Joliet Junior College took days - even an entire week - to complete. Paper copies, interoffice deliveries, snail mail and faxes all bogged down the process required to get what the Illinois-based community college needed to educate students and operate. JJC leaders were more than ready for a spend management revolution when they deployed ESM’s spend management solutions. And that’s exactly what they got. “The ESM solution has made our processes so much more efficient,” says Roxanne Venegas, JJC’s purchasing manager. “Things are happening faster, which is allowing us to do a lot more.” These days, JJC is enjoying all of the benefits of spend management automation. Purchase orders are fulfilled almost instantaneously and cost 75 percent less to process. P-card spending has increased 73 percent. And rebates are up a whopping 70 percent because of that boosted P-card spending. What’s more, with Amazon included in JJC’s online marketplace, procurement leaders can track and approve all purchases on the e-commerce giant or redirect their buyers to preferred vendors. “We can see what they want to purchase and stop purchases that aren’t necessarily allowable or should be handled in a different way,” Venegas says. T Take a closer look at JJC’s spend management revolution in our latest case study Ready for Spend Management? Contact us. Free...

Community College of Philadelphia to bolster spend management with ESM

 [/et_pb_sidebar] Community College of Philadelphia to bolster spend management with ESM’s full suite Upgrade includes ERP integration with Ellucian Ethos The Community College of Philadelphia will deploy ESM’s full suite of spend management solutions and become one of the first users to take advantage of ESM’s new partnership with Ellucian and its Ethos platform. CCP serves about 28,000 students taking both credit and noncredit courses and is the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia. The institution already relies on ESM’s contract management solution to automate its entire contract management lifecycle. The flexible solution molds to users’ unique workflows and includes a fully searchable platform that makes it easy to find contracts, supporting documentation and other details. Full Suite Deployed Now, CCP also will implement ESM’s procurement, invoice and sourcing solutions to automate the entire procure-to-pay cycle. Benefits include an online marketplace with only approved vendors and negotiated contracts to cut down on maverick spend. a collaborative sourcing module that streamlines the work to create and post RFPs and interact with suppliers. electronic invoicing to simplify the invoice and payment process. Ethos Integrated With ESM’s procurement tool, CCP will integrate its ERP, Banner by Ellucian, with Ellucian Ethos. The higher education data model unifies data from Ellucian and partner applications like ESM into a single source and facilitates the seamless flow of data. Ethos also eliminates the costly and time-consuming maintenance of multiple point-to-point integrations, letting IT staff focus on value added processes and programs. Ellucian partnered with ESM to co-develop the eProcurement API’s for Ethos platform. ESM was the first eProcurement provider to connect its platform to...

ESM ends 2018 with big wins

 [/et_pb_sidebar] ESM ends 2018 with big wins, new integrations, more upgrades Spend management technology firm hits record revenues and profits as growth rate doubles from the previous year. Warrington, PA — ESM, a leading global provider of spend management solutions, achieved another year of corporate milestones and growth in 2018, collaborating with industry leaders, increasing its investment in research and development and celebrating big customer wins. Here are some of the 2018 successes ESM is celebrating: Ellucian Ethos Integration ESM was the first eProcurement provider and among the very first tech companies worldwide to connect its own solutions with Ellucian Ethos, a new technology platform that offers a single, open and extensible architecture to support modernization and innovation on college campuses. Created by Ellucian, a leading maker of higher education software, Ethos uses real-time APIs to provide seamless and constant visibility, control and management of electronic transactions. Now, with Ellucian Ethos integration, users can fully integrate their Ellucian ERPs with ESM’s procurement solutions and enjoy a streamlined approach that ensures data flows seamlessly between systems and applications. For its work, ESM won Ellucian’s 2018 Engagement Award. Technology Upgrades In 2018, ESM continued to invest heavily in research and development, doubling its development resources as it did in 2017. The additional headcount allowed the company to add new capabilities including: An integration with CardConnect, a leading provider of payment processing and technology solutions that helps more than 150,000 organizations accept billions of dollars in credit card transactions each year. The partnership boosts ESM customers’ protection against fraud and cyber-attacks and provides robust transaction management tools. Seamless connectivity to PowerSchool, a...

ESM’s Global Expansion Gathers Pace

 [/et_pb_sidebar] ESM’s Global Expansion Gathers Pace With Newest Middle East Customer The University of Sharjah to automate end-to-end spend management with ESM and Ellucian Ethos integration The University of Sharjah, a leading higher education institution in the United Arab Emirates, will soon deploy ESM’s spend management solutions to revolutionize its procure-to-pay processes. The research university based in University City in the Emirate of Sharjah serves 15,000 students and is the second largest university in the United Arab Emirates. With ESM, the University of Sharjah can move away from manual, paper-based processes as it automates its procurement, sourcing, accounts payable, storeroom, supplier and contract management functions. The institution will fully integrate its ERP - Banner Finance by Ellucian - with ESM’s platform and take advantage of ESM’s connection with Ellucian Ethos. ESM was the first eProcurement provider to connect with Ellucian on the Ethos platform, which relies on real-time APIs to offer seamless and constant visibility, control and management of electronic purchases. Now the University of Sharjah can maximize the investment it has made in Banner with ESM’s spend management tools. “The University of Sharjah saw immediately how our solutions were best-in-class and the ROI in ESM was much deeper than simply dollars and cents,” ESM CEO Anthony Rotoli said. “We are thrilled to continue our expansion into the Middle East and look forward to our solution enabling a spend management transformation at the University of Sharjah and many other universities within the region.”   Benefits of ESM’s enterprise class solutions include: An online marketplace that features only an organization’s preferred vendors’ catalogs and negotiated contracts. A collaborative sourcing module...

Joliet Junior College goes live with ESM Sourcing

 [/et_pb_sidebar] Joliet Junior College goes live with ESM Sourcing Community college to automate sourcing events Joliet Junior College procurement leaders can check a big item off of their 2018 to-do list: Thanks to a swift Go Live process to deploy ESM Sourcing, they now can automate their sourcing activities with an intuitive solution that streamlines the bid, quote, and solicitation process. With ESM Sourcing, JJC leaders will focus specifically on RFP creation and solicitation. The strategic sourcing platform will provide a number of benefits, including: Stored templates where users can pull questions, checkboxes, pricing matrices, attachments and information sections as needed. No longer will the organization need to maintain a costly library or fall back on unreliable copy-and-paste strategies to create RFPs and other documents. An easy-to-use solution that makes it possible to quickly create and launch a sourcing event. Robust notification and reporting capabilities to ensure sourcing activities stay on track and users can pull up information swiftly for audits and other needs. This isn’t the first success story between JJC and ESM. Before launching the sourcing platform, the community college in Joliet, Ill., already relied on ESM Purchase integrated with Ellucian Colleague, to help manage its spend management functions. With it, the organization cut its purchase order costs dramatically, reducing them by more than 75 percent and stripping away the nearly seven days it took to process each one. “Joliet Junior College wanted to move quickly, and I’m proud to say that our team at ESM delivered,” ESM CEO Anthony Rotoli said. “We look forward to continuing to support JJC’s spend management processes in this expanded way.”...

Kudos from the ESM customer service line

 [/et_pb_sidebar] ‘Prompt, helpful, professional’ Tales from ESM’s customer service line At ESM, we pride ourselves on a couple of things. We build spend management solutions that help organizations uncover new ways to save time and money. And we provide top notch service to our customers. The success of our solutions is easy to prove. Just look at the numbers. ESM customers enjoy rapid deployment. At Ivy Tech Community College, for instance, the full project – including 5,000 converted workflows, 14 preferred vendor catalogs and 2,300 active users – was delivered in less than six months. Once they are up and running, users quickly sign on. In the California State University system, the marketplace was rolled out to 10 campuses in just 4 months. And, very quickly, the returns start rolling in. When Iowa State University switched to ESM from another spend management provider, its P-card volume shot up from $50 million to $63 million, boosting rebates exponentially. And while we’re thrilled with the results our customers are experiencing, for us, the true pride comes when we read the comments that pop up on our customer service line. According to ESM’s own customers, our people are: Amazing “You need a tab that says ‘Excellent, I’m satisfied.’ Your team has been so helpful to the point that, with their advice for when the next time an issue pops up again, I am able to fix it.  But when there is something that is beyond fixing, your team is amazing to help out. Great job, everyone.” - Tammi Florentz at the South Dakota Bureau of Administration Quick to help “The problem was...

College of DuPage Expands Partnership with ESM

 [/et_pb_sidebar] College of DuPage Expands Partnership with ESM Illinois Community College to automate all spend management processes College of DuPage will renew and expand its spend management automation capabilities with ESM’s full solutions suite, which will integrate with its ERP, Ellucian Colleague via Ellucian Ethos. Based in Glen Ellyn, Ill., College of DuPage is the second largest provider of undergraduate education in Illinois, serves more than 30,000 students a year. COD automated procurement years ago with ESM’s procurement system. And this year, after an extensive search for the best procure-to-pay provider, COD leaders selected ESM again and will upgrade its spend management automation with all of ESM’s solutions. Covering all its procure-to-pay bases COD will implement ESM’s full procure-to-pay platform, taking advantage of applications that allow it to eliminate manual processes and uncover money and time-saving efficiencies. At the same time, COD can benefit from ESM’s robust analytics, so it can track where spend goes and how to better manage it with comprehensive and customizable reports. All of the solutions will be integrated with COD’s Ellucian Colleague Financial system via ESM and Ellucian’s co-developed API’s for Ethos. ESM’s full suite is comprised of: A bidding and solicitation solution that allows users to configure bids, RFPs, tenders and other sourcing events in an online portal that provides a collaborative marketplace, intuitive bidding, and improved supplier relations. A procurement automation tool that includes an easy-to-use online shopping solution that features only an organization’s negotiated contracts and approved vendors and covers all procurement activities from start to finish. A flexible contract management solution that enhances an institution’s existing workflows which allows for...