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October 28, 2010

Fujitsu to provide cloud-based e-procurement to Chiba Prefecture

Anticipates savings of ICT systems costs by 50% over a five-year period

By CBR Staff Writer

Fujitsu, a provider of ICT-based business offerings, has said that it will provide an e-procurement system as a cloud computing service to be jointly used by the prefectural government and 42 municipal governments of Chiba Prefecture, located east of Tokyo.

Chiba Prefecture and its 42 municipalities will jointly utilise the cloud service starting April 2011, aiming to reduce their ICT systems costs by 50% over a five-year period, while administrative processes will be reformed in accordance with the use of this cloud service.

Under the cloud service, all the collection points accepting bid applications will be integrated into one to reduce the administrative burden on those suppliers looking to be considered in procurement plans.

Implemented as a private SaaS-based solution using dedicated servers in Fujitsu’s datacenter, this cloud service platform built using SuperCALS – Fujitsu’s SaaS-based e-procurement system, also enables the provision of design specifications and other materials over the Internet.

The new cloud service will be able to handle the six overall processes in procurement which are handling applications to become an authorised supplier, supplier registry management, electronic bids, digital document viewing, inputting of contracts and inspection results, and public disclosure of bidding information.

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