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First NHS Trust Goes Live on Zanzibar with PA Shared Services Limited and CedarOpenAccounts - St. Mary’s NHS Trust in Paddington has become the first organisation to transact with the OGCbuying.solutions Zanzibar online Marketplace following the go-live of its eProcurement project on the 23rd June 2006
First NHS Trust Goes Live on Zanzibar with PA Shared Services Limited and CedarOpenAccounts

 

NewswireToday - /newswire/ - London, United Kingdom, 2006/08/23 - St. Mary’s NHS Trust in Paddington has become the first organisation to transact with the OGCbuying.solutions Zanzibar online Marketplace following the go-live of its eProcurement project on the 23rd June 2006.

   
 
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The project was successfully implemented by PA Shared Services Limited, CedarOpenAccounts (COA) and OGCbuying.solutions, working in partnership with St. Mary’s as part of the North West London Procurement Confederation’s Procurement Initiative.

St Mary’s is now the first NHS Trust to realise the benefits of a true electronic procure to pay solution using Cedar’s eProcurement solution and the Zanzibar marketplace. “In total, the 17 NHS Trusts in the Northwest London Procurement Confederation spend almost a billion pounds a year on supplies, and the potential for making savings is enormous. Five of the largest Trusts, representing over 50% of expenditure, are now committed to rolling out Zanzibar, which will save St Mary’s alone more than £4 million over the next five years,” said Mansel Chamberlain, procurement director, Northwest London NHS Procurement Confederation.

PA Shared Services Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary within PA Consulting Group, coordinated and managed the project and was responsible for bringing the right software and services together. CedarOpenAccounts, a leading UK provider of finance applications to the services sector, developed the punch-out connector from its eProcurement solution enabling full end-to-end online procurement transactions to take place between St. Mary’s and the Zanzibar eMarketplace.

“St Mary’s demonstrates that trading electronically with suppliers on the Zanzibar Managed Service can bring huge benefits in terms of saving time and money in the procurement process. St Mary’s experience shows that the transition to Zanzibar can be achieved quickly with little disruption to the organisation. We are pleased to have worked with CedarOpenAccounts in an effective collaborative manner to connect to Zanzibar. We anticipate working together on many more Zanzibar connections,” said Hugh Barrett, OGCbuying.solutions’ Chief Executive

“The Zanzibar Managed Service represents a major step towards delivering procurement efficiencies across the whole UK public sector. St. Mary’s NHS Trust is a great first example of how these efficiencies can be realised through the implementation of Zanzibar. Along with the other NHS trusts in the North-West London Confederation, Zanzibar will provide a fully end-to-end eProcurement solution that e-enables all of their suppliers, both the SME and larger suppliers. Zanzibar will also provide the NHS trusts with vital spend intelligence, allowing them to re-negotiate contracts and manage their procurement efficiently moving forward. PA Shared Services Limited has worked closely with CedarOpenAccounts to ensure the St Mary’s implementation was a great success,” said Veera Johnson, Senior Industry Executive, PA Shared Services Limited.

“This is a great achievement for St. Mary’s and the North West London Procurement Confederation, CedarOpenAccounts are committed to work in partnership with PA Consulting Group and OGCbuying.solutions enabling other public sector organisations to achieve their Gershon efficiency targets and Transformational Government objectives,” commented Mark Thompson, managing director of COA.

With St Mary’s NHS Trust now live, CedarOpenAccounts is working on further opportunities with PA Consulting to ensure that other NHS Trusts looking to transact in this way can do so quickly and effectively and take advantage of the business benefits on offer.”

About PA Shared Services Limited
PA Shared Services Limited (PASSL) is a wholly owned subsidiary within PA Consulting Group. PASSL is the delivery vehicle for Zanzibar and builds on PA's strong track record in procurement and delivering e-government solutions. PA's experience ranges from developing guidance and offering advice, to managing large-scale procurement, sourcing and ecommerce projects on behalf of clients. As a result, PA has the depth of insight and understanding of procurement in both the public and private sectors. In summary, the services provided by PA range from developing strategies and business cases for eProcurement, through to delivering highly complex eProcurement solutions, including all aspects of systems development, organisational change and programme management.

About CedarOpenAccounts
CedarOpenAccounts is the UK's fastest growing Financial Management, Procurement, Human Resource & Payroll software supplier. Its suite of business applications for public and private sector service organisations combines core business management systems, integrated with a range of collaborative and business intelligence solutions, to extend the value and effectiveness of the Finance, HR & Payroll departments across the organisation. The company has more than 400 staff and 1500 clients from across the globe including Companies House, Newcastle City Council, WHSmith, Royal Bank of Scotland, Aer Lingus, National Express Group, DFS and Chesterfield Primary Care Trust.

About OGC Buying Solutions
OGCbuying.solutions (ogcbuyingsolutions.gov.uk) is the trading arm of the Office of Government Commerce (OGC), which is itself an office of HM Treasury. OGC was launched on 1 April 2000 as a result of a review of civil procurement in Central Government. Its aim is to achieve substantial value for money improvements in the Government’s procurement budget and to oversee and implement the Government’s wider Efficiency Review across the entire public sector. OGCbuying.solutions, launched in April 2001, provides public sector procurement professionals with a route to the products and services they need to maximise procurement efficiency and value for money. Its contracts and framework agreements offer substantial savings through significant buying power, economies of scale and strategic partnerships. Once again, these savings are counted towards the Efficiency Review target. Rigorous tendering and evaluation processes ensure that products and services are checked for quality, price competitiveness, fitness for purpose and compliance with statutory requirements. These products and services are available through OGCbuying.solutions Catalist framework agreements and Managed Services.

The Catalist brand is designed to unify the framework agreements under one identifiable and recognisable brand name. Catalist incorporates a series of framework agreements which have been developed to offer our customers a broad range of goods and services aligned to their particular needs.

Managed Services are predominantly more sophisticated, requiring expertise and additional support from OGCbuying.solutions.

Zanzibar Marketplace and Zanzibar Service are registered trademarks of OGCbuying.solutions. The Zanzibar Managed Service is a web-enabled Purchase to Pay system and eMarketplace available to all public sector organisations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and is a key part of the Government's procurement strategy. This innovative system enables public sector buyers and their suppliers to link up over the internet and transact end-to-end requisitions, orders and invoices.

PA Shared Services Limited provides the Zanzibar Managed Service on behalf of OGCbuying.solutions and was responsible for bringing the right software and services together.

 
 
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