Procurement Officials or Buyers, do you need:

• To reduce the supply chain risk
• To develop a sustainable best cost supplier base
• Uniform procurement work practices
• Automated supplier tender or RFx response evaluation
• Real time visibility of all open and outstanding orders
• Automatic expediting of outstanding orders and RFx
• To make it simpler for your suppliers
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Suppliers in Africa, join the fastest growing online Supplier community. Gain access to our Business Directory for Namibia, South Africa as well as the rest of Africa. It  includes a self managed advertising module, active exposure to buyers through our e-procurement systems and marketing campaigns.

Joining Webportunities creates a self service portal to improve your quoting/tendering capability, your visibility to your customers and your presence in the marketplace. All of which equates to opening opportunities to expand your business and increasing revenues.

Summary of our e-Procurement system’s functionality available at www.webportunities.net

  • Buyer's  open purchase requisitions (goods/services/projects) and material master (stock items), are automatically published on the Internet so that any supplier can view it and submit quotations/tenders
  • Suppliers' responses are available on Buyer's computer for evaluation, scenario creation, price movement and cost benefit analysis, with unlimited user defined evaluation criteria
  • Automatic creation of documentation for "Tender Committee" approval of contract/order award
  • Automatic creation and distribution of "award" letters, contracts, "regret" letters etc.
  • Controlled “population” of buyer’s computer systems (SAP, JDE, Pastell, Accpac, Syspro, Oracle, Other)
  • Archiving of all transactional data, with built-in audit functionality via comprehensive reporting services is available, rendering a fully “transparent” operating environment
  • Contract Maintenance - seamless handling of price changes, renewals etc.
  • Reviewing/Comparing new opportunities/bids submitted by suppliers on a continuous basis, rendering constant, automated market research
  • Suppliers’ outstanding orders are available on the Internet, with the ability to provide feedback to the buyer
  • Suppliers’ price agreements/contracts available on the Internet, with the ability to request price adjustments
  • Automated and dynamic supplier performance analysis, issuable to all suppliers in personalized format, via “mail merge”, but also accessible online by suppliers
  • Automated and dynamic buyer performance analysis
  • Dynamic electronic vendor/supplier database, including BBBEE or TESEF certificates, catalogues, brochures, linked to product/service categories (UNSPSC – United Nations Standard Product & Services Classification), brand names
  • Disposal of surplus or redundant stock via Internet without the use of a commission requiring 3rd party

Our electronic procurement system has been designed and developed in Namibia using Microsoft technology. Depending on the level of integration required, implementation can be achieved in 1 to 5 days. Training takes 2 hours.

 

Summary of benefits that can be achieved

  • Cut workload (procurement/sourcing cycle time) by at least 80% -  a high level evaluation of up to a million tenders lines can be done in less than 5 minutes
  • Achieve savings of between 15% and 75% on the cost of goods or services through the introduction of maximum competition as unlimited suppliers have access to buyer requirements on the web
  • Superior market intelligence gained through dynamic, ongoing measurement of price competitiveness, ensures a vast reduction in the rate of price increases
  • Seamless contract management (price adjustments and renewals)
  • Minimize expediting efforts and late delivery of orders – suppliers’ open orders are displayed on the web with the ability to provide feedback to the buyer
  • Fully automated, web based Supplier Management Database (including supplier documents management), enables electronic supplier performance analysis, available on-line for suppliers to view - resulting in spontaneous and dramatic improved supplier performance
  • “Always Visible” electronic buyer performance analysis, results in spontaneous and dramatic improved buyer performance
  • Improved overall internal client satisfaction follows improved supplier and buyer performance
  • Pro-active internal audit capability via comprehensive reporting (including tender/procurement/contract audit reports)
  • Availability of a dynamic electronic vendor/supplier database
  • Revenue from disposal of surplus/redundant stock

  

REVIEW OF THE TARA NAWA ELECTRONIC PROCUREMENT SYSTEM by Professor Doctor Willem Hugo

I have been requested by Mr. Elmo Erasmus, Managing Member of Tara Nawa Computer Software Solutions CC to assess and compare the RFQ/Tender functionality contained in Tara Nawa’s web based procurement solution, with that of other traditional procurement solutions. Below is my objective evaluation of the Tara Nawa system.

Change in Procurement Management Philosophy

 Tara Nawa’s solution offers a radical change in the procurement management philosophy as follows.

  1. In the case of soliciting RFQ’s/Tenders from suppliers, the system does not obtain those from a list of approved or pre-qualified suppliers. Instead the system uses a total open market philosophy so that unlimited suppliers may participate in RFQ/Tender submission. Responses can be evaluated in terms of technical and commercial capability. Rich data filtering features and alerts are available to prevent and/or highlight business award to potentially undesired suppliers. 
  2. Where medium to long term contracts are awarded (for example stock items kept in a warehouse), the solution uses an automated market research functionality. The buyer gets alerted when current contract price are no longer competitive. Compared with traditional electronic procurement systems, this obviates the need for cumbersome contract management procedures and unwieldy long term partnering agreements between buyer and seller.

The Tara Nawa solution therefore requires a fundamental review of traditional procurement management concepts emphasizing a holistic approach to the procurement function when being implemented and a paradigm shift regarding the conventional approaches to managing supply market relationships.

 

Impact on operational procurement functions

The Tara Nawa solution impacts on typical procurement functions in a manner that is unique and typically not integrated in traditional electronic procurement systems.

  1. In traditional procurement systems, buyers spend more than 90% of their time with mundane clerical tasks using telephones, emails and faxes. With Tara Nawa’s solution all of these tasks are automated, allowing the buyer significant extra time to fulfill the role of a professional procurement official (compared with that of an order clerk). The system does not allow for any paper based transactions.
  2. The system contains a set of powerful on line supply chain reports, enabling management to promptly take action in the case of lurking opportunities or exposures, both on the buyer side and supplier side. With traditional electronic procurement systems, such opportunities/exposures are normally only highlighted, often when it is too late, during periodic internal audits. The Tara Nawa  solution  therefore virtually eliminates the time consuming and expensive procurement research task which is a prerequisite for implementing traditional electronic procurement systems
  3. Continuous performance evaluation of both the supply market and the internal buyers is another completely unique feature of the Tara Nawa approach.  Scheduled and intermittent evaluation procedures are the traditional methodology imbedded in most existing electronic procurement software solutions.

Tara Nawa therefore conceptually rewrites traditional purchasing procedures.

 

Implementation, Training and User Interface

  1. Traditional electronic procurement systems (there are many of such systems available on the Internet) use a complex programmed platform for both the supplier and buyer. They usually require a long implementation process of 6 to 12 months or even longer, as well as intensive training for buyers and suppliers. Tara Nawa’s implementation can be done on a “stand alone” basis and takes 10 minutes. If needed, integration can be applied which can take from 1 to 5 days. Training takes a maximum of 4 hours.
  2. Tara Nawa therefore eliminates the expensive review, re-engineering and integration of electronic procurement systems between buyer and seller that is a typical requirement of most procurement software packages available in the market.

Tara Nawa is therefore, to the best of my knowledge, the most open and accessible to the supply market and least expensive to implement of the currently available electronic procurement software solutions.

 

Conclusion

Tara Nawa has a unique electronic procurement solution with unique features that I have never encountered in any other procurement solutions before. These features, and the new procurement management philosophy which is fundamental to the system, will change the way in which procurement is done in the future.

Dr. W.M. J.  Hugo     (Professor Emeritus: Graduate School of Business Leadership UNISA) 


Curriculum Vitae - Prof. W M J Hugo (M.Com, D.Com)  

D.O.B. 16 April 1944

Willem Hugo is professor emeritus of the University of South Africa. He is the former Executive Director of the UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership and a career enthusiast and teacher in the fields of Procurement, Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management. He was head of the Department of Business Management and Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at UNISA.  He is the author of many articles and co-author and editor of 19 textbooks including the first textbook on Supply Chain Management published in 2004 in South Africa.  His latest book is the 6th Edition of Purchasing and Supply Management published in 2011. 

Prior to embarking on an academic career Willem Hugo worked for 14 years in the field of supply management in industry including more than a decade at the South African Atomic Energy Board. Since retirement from academia he continued with consultancy projects in South Africa and abroad. He was appointed visiting professor at the Graduate School of Business of the University of Pretoria on their MBA programme during 2002 and 2003. He was from 2003 for the five years a consultant and lecturer for the International Trade Centre  (UNCTAD/WTO) a United Nations division which is based in Switzerland, and he travelled  on teaching and consultancy missions for this organization to Singapore, India and Tanzania . He was also on the ITC Academic Advisory Board. Since 2008 to date Willem Hugo is a director and CEO of the Ear Institute Namibia (Pty)  a Namibian based company involved in importing and marketing of audiology equipment, hearing protection devices and hearing aids.



 

International Supply Chain Solutions 

Welcome to Tara Nawa Computer Software Solutions' website! We are based in Swakopmund, Namibia and our main business is the design and development of electronic supply chain (e-procurement, e-tendering, e-RFQ's, business directory and reporting) and electronic recruitment systems. We have recently added a data cleansing facilitator named "Duplicate Finder" to our suite of solutions. Click here to download a presentation on that solution.   

You can find information about our products and services on the Products and Services page. You are welcome to send us an email from the Contact Us page, or phone us for more information. 

Click here to read a REVIEW OF THE TARA NAWA ELECTRONIC PROCUREMENT SYSTEM by Professor Doctor Willem Hugo.