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Southwestern selects ESM for full suite of eProcurement, spend management solutions

California community college continues long-term partnership with ESM We’re excited to announce that Southwestern College will migrate to ESM’s latest eProcurement tool and add on other solutions to take advantage of our full suite of spend management applications. Southwestern, a community college in Chula Vista, California, with more than 27,000 undergraduate students, has been a long-time ESM client, deploying the company’s original Mercury Commerce eProcurement solution over 7 years ago. Southwestern will now migrate to ESM Purchase to fully automate its procurement activities from beginning to end. The intuitive online shopping solution allows users to gain full control and increase visibility of their spend. But Southwestern isn’t stopping at ESM Purchase. The college also will deploy the rest of ESM’s spend management suite. That includes our contract management solution, a flexible application that’s designed for organizations of all sizes and levels. With the tool, Southwestern will be able to easily integrate its existing workflows, maintain a contract repository and better manage the contract lifecycle. “Some eProcurement and spend management solutions are expensive and out of reach for smaller organizations and colleges. At ESM, we’ve worked hard to build solutions that any size organization can afford and benefit from.”   Anthony Rotoli Co-CEO, ESM Southwestern also will use ESM Sourcing, a bidding and solicitation solution that lets users configure bids, RFPs, RFQs, Tenders and any other sourcing event. The digital online solution requires less paperwork, eliminates shipping and makes communication with vendors easier. “Some eProcurement and spend management solutions are expensive and out of reach for smaller organizations and colleges,” ESM CEO Anthony Rotoli said. “At ESM, we’ve worked hard...

ESM extends partnership with E&I Cooperative Services

Five-year collaboration deal inked ESM, a leading provider of spend management and eProcurement solutions, announced today that the company has extended its ongoing partnership with E&I Cooperative Services, the country’s largest, member-owned, not-for-profit purchasing cooperative. The five-year agreement gives E&I members easy access to ESM’s suite of spend management solutions. ESM’s affordable, flexible applications help organizations reduce off-contract spend, manage contracts and develop strategic supplier relationships. It is the only suite of spend management solutions built specifically for the education, regional government and nonprofit sectors. As part of the partnership, E&I members don’t need to go through the RFP process to secure ESM’s eProcurement solutions. Instead, using E&I’s competitive award, institutions can sign on directly with ESM, saving time and money. The partnership also connects ESM to E&I’s more than 4,000 members in higher education and K-12 school systems. The alliance will help ESM generate leads and shorten the selling cycle as it offers opportunities for organizations to reduce spend. “We’re excited to continue our strong partnership with E&I and offer its members spend management solutions that allow them to stretch their budget dollars,” ESM CEO Anthony Rotoli said. “We have been thrilled so many E&I members have signed on with us over the years. We look forward to more E&I members joining the ESM family during the next five...

Webinar Sequel: Is Amazon a maverick spend gateway or best price portal?

NAEP and ESM Welcome Ahrea Summers from Portland State University What: Live Webinar When: 2 p.m., EST, May 16 Where: GoToWebinar Register Here! For buyers, Amazon and other e-commerce sites offer a world of possibilities as they shop for beakers, brooms, and batteries. Just about anything they want is a simple click away. For finance, purchasing and procurement professionals, however, the sites open up new challenges and new opportunities. Should buyers be able to shop off Amazon and ignore negotiated contracts? Or should they be steered toward strategic vendors? Live Webinar - May 16, 2pm ET At Portland State University, officials have chosen to embrace Amazon. On May 16, during a live webinar, we will sit down with Ahrea Summers, procurement coordinator at Portland State University, to discuss the higher education institution’s philosophy to support the likes of Amazon as a way to get better visibility and actually drive more spend through their eProcurement shopping portal. It is a follow-up to last month’s webinar with Cory Harms, director of procurement services at Iowa State University, when we heard the other side of the story. Harms has prioritized working with strategic vendors instead of expanding access to various e-commerce sites. He was joined by Chris Webb, senior manager of higher education business development at CDW-G, and Anthony Rotoli, CEO of ESM, for an informative discussion about this important subject. Register Here! Should you embrace Amazon … or keep it out? You’ll have to decide what’s right for your organization. The webinars and e-book are designed to ensure that whatever decision you make is an informed one. Register today for the...

Four Days in Reno with NAEP

Where to find ESM at NAEP’s annual meeting Here at ESM, we are gearing up for one of our favorite events of the year - the National Association of Education Procurement’s annual meeting. In Reno this year, the event, from March 26 to March 29, is shaping up to be an action packed few days of procurement education, support and networking. We are excited to see many of our long-time customers (more than a few hugs are expected!) and to have the opportunity to share details about our suite of eProcurement and spend management products. During NAEP’s annual meeting, you’ll be able to find ESM all over the place. Here’s where you can find us: Booth 404-406 on the exhibitor’s floor where we’ll be talking about our spend management solutions, which are saving our customers thousands of dollars daily. Drop by to say hello, learn more and take a tour. The impact session called, “The Suppliers’ Guide to Relationships,” at 2:30 p.m., March 27. ESM CEO Anthony Rotoli and ESM customer Cory Harms, interim director of procurement at Iowa State University, will share tales from the trenches: Battling Maverick Spend in the Era of eCommerce. The fun run and walk at 6:45 a.m., March 28. Sponsored by ESM, the fun run is a great way to shake off the cobwebs and get that adrenaline flowing for another day of sessions. We’ll have T-shirts and medals for the top runners! Registration is from 6:15 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. We also are excited to listen in as our customers, including representatives from Mount Holyoke College, Michigan State University and Iowa State,...

ESM extends reach at Cal State

San Bernardino campus deploys ESM Purchase Warrington, Pa. - ESM, a leading provider of cloud-based spend management and eProcurement solutions, today announced that California State University, San Bernardino, is the latest Cal State campus to enable ESM Purchase. San Bernardino joins the nearly 75 percent of Cal State’s 23 campuses that already are using ESM’s eProcurement and spend management solutions and reaping big rewards. Across Cal State, the fourth largest public university system in the nation, campuses have enjoyed rapid adoption, immediate cost savings and a quick return on investment when they deploy ESM Purchase. At San Bernardino, the organization will use the solution to manage spend, control costs and improve compliance with automated workflows and an intuitive online ordering system. The campus serves nearly 19,000 students and sits against the backdrop of the San Bernardino Mountains. “At Cal State, ESM Purchase users have saved thousands of dollars on just the first transactions in the marketplace,” ESM’s CEO Anthony Rotoli said. “We look forward to the opportunity to help San Bernardino save big and get more visibility into its spend.” To learn more about ESM Purchase and ESM’s other spend management solutions, schedule a personal...

ESM Chosen to Automate Contract Management at Michigan State University

Research university to eliminate risk, improve compliance with solution We are pleased to announce today that Michigan State University will implement a contract management solution from ESM. ESM Contract Management will allow the university, based in East Lansing, Mich., to automate its entire contract lifecycle and manage its documents in the cloud. The solution lets users monitor and store all drafts and existing contracts from creation to amendment and renewal. Automation reduces user errors and increases worker efficiency. With more than 50,000 students, Michigan State is the nation’s first land-grant institution and is the ninth largest university in the United States. The higher education institution already uses ESM Purchase, an eProcurement tool, and ESM Invoicing to track spend and control costs. With ESM Contract Management, Michigan State is able to integrate ESM’s other solutions to connect the steps between sourcing and purchasing. “Michigan State has been part of the ESM family for a number of years,” ESM CEO Anthony Rotoli said. “We’re excited to build on our already great relationship and help them take control of their contracts.” To learn more about ESM Purchase and ESM’s other spend management solutions, register for a...