BSI First in Industry to Integrate with Zanzibar
07 September 2009
BSI has become the first hotel booking agent and the first in the business travel and accommodation service sector to integrate with Zanzibar, the e-Procurement system delivered by ProcServe on behalf of HM Treasury.
The achievement follows the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) awarding their accommodation contract to BSI and a commitment from BSI to meet CPS’s aspiration to work in partnership to deliver integration with CPS’s chosen e-procurement system. Following a pilot of the system, BSI will be able to provide CPS with electronic billback invoicing, which will go directly (and automatically) to the booker’s cost centre/department, via whatever authorisation/clearance rules they choose to set up in Zanzibar.
The process developed by ProcServe and BSI is specific to accommodation booking requirements. While Zanzibar is used to purchase a range of goods and services, the dynamic nature of hotel bookings requires a bespoke solution which ProcServe and BSI successfully implemented.
James Carr, Contract Delivery Manager from CPS, said; “Following the contract award we felt confident that BSI would not only reduce the time and cost of bookings for accommodation and meetings through negotiations, considerable cost avoidance and streamlined technical offering, but also deliver significant back-end, payment process efficiencies through the delivery of integration with Zanzibar”.
The enhancement to BSI’s public sector service offering comes at an ideal time, following Zanzibar being pinpointed as key to delivering UK public sector procurement savings by the Operation Efficiency Programme (OEP). Alistair Darling recently supported these recommendations in his 2009 Budget Statement stating that public Sector organisations should "...make better use of existing investments in e-Procurement tools, such as Zanzibar, to support greater uptake of collaborative category deals."
Veera Johnson, Chief Executive of ProcServe, commented; “The announcement by Alistair Darling is great news not only for the Zanzibar community of marketplaces but for all Public Sector suppliers such as BSI. Public Sector organisations have been given a clear recommendation by the Chancellor to use collaborative contracts. These collaborative contracts are available on Zanzibar, the secure ‘Amazon’ for government procurement, easy to connect, simple to use and delivering real value.”
Trevor Elswood, BSI Group Managing Director stated; “Based on the OEP recommendations and 2009 Budget Statement we expect to see a greater take up of Zanzibar across the Public Sector and BSI is now well placed to provide superior payment processes to this market place following our industry first. The development is available to other public sector organisations through the CPS contract which was recently opened up as a framework agreement.”
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