SAN DIEGO--(SciQuest, Inc., (NASDAQ: SQI) a leading provider of on-demand strategic procurement and supplier management solutions, today announced that the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) will deploy the company’s suite of on-demand procurement automation solutions. SciQuest will enable UCSF to streamline its purchasing process, gain unprecedented visibility and control over spending and fully utilize the contracts negotiated by the purchasing consortium operated by the University of California, Office of the President (UCOP). This announcement comes as SciQuest officially kicks off its NextLevel conference, a leading procurement thought leadership event.)--
“The importance of procurement-generated savings cannot be overstated”
The only institution in the ten-campus UC university system devoted exclusively to the health sciences, UCSF operates schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy, as well as three patient care facilities – UCSF Medical Center, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and the Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital. UCSF conducts groundbreaking scientific work through grants from numerous entities, including the National Institutes of Health. The second largest employer in San Francisco, UCSF’s budget encompasses more than $3 billion in revenue.
“The importance of procurement-generated savings cannot be overstated,” said Jim Hine, executive director of procurement at UCSF and UC Berkeley. “SciQuest will facilitate our campus procurement organization to lower the total cost of the goods and services our faculty, researchers and staff members need in their work, while at the same time freeing them from administrative distractions. In addition, SciQuest will enable us to 1) collaborate more closely with UC Berkeley, our sister campus across the Bay, who will have the identical configuration of SciQuest and their existing ERP; and 2) fully participate in and contribute to the purchasing consortium operated through UCOP.”
On-demand and requiring limited IT resources to deploy, SciQuest’s procurement automation solutions significantly streamline the purchasing process in a system that provides buyers with an intuitive shopping experience similar to that offered by popular e-commerce sites. SciQuest’s full suite of solutions, including those for accounts payable, will replace the existing procurement system at UCSF. It will be integrated directly with the campus’ existing financial system of record.
UCSF wanted an eProcurement system that was easy to use and proven to foster the user adoption required to bring transactions and payments under the influence of procurement and financial leaders. They also wanted a solution with a proven track record of success in the higher education research market.
As a leader in higher education procurement, SciQuest was a natural selection for UCSF. Used by top universities in the United States and many of the world’s most prestigious life sciences organizations, SciQuest has a proven track record of success. UCSF also considered SciQuest’s extensive supplier network, its customer-driven development cycle and its use as the purchasing platform of the UCOP purchasing consortium – a leading, innovative approach to collaborative buying in higher education today.
Created by UC San Diego and operated by UCOP, the consortium aggregates the buying power of all participating UC campuses in a single instance of SciQuest that eliminates redundant tasks for purchasing departments and enables users to buy from the absolute best contracts – ones UCOP negotiates on behalf of the UC system – quickly and easily with the click of a mouse. UCSD will join existing consortium members and SciQuest customers UC Berkeley, UC Riverside, UC Santa Cruz and UC San Diego.
“With the inclusion of UCSF, UCOP further strengthens what is already one of higher education’s most advanced collaborative buying efforts – one that enables campus procurement organizations to operate independently while attaining the savings that come with buying as a system,” said Julie Hepner, market director for higher education at SciQuest. “Perhaps most importantly, faculty and staff members at UCSF will now enjoy greater choice and faster access to the supplies they need – all while enabling the UC System to buy the same things for less.”
SciQuest (NASDAQ:SQI) is a leading provider of an integrated, web-based end-to-end eProcurement solution that enables users to realize significant efficiencies and savings on their purchases of indirect goods and services. SciQuest’s unique industry segment expertise and innovative “source-to-settle” approach to eProcurement enables Fortune 1000 companies and organizations in the higher education, life sciences, healthcare and public sector markets, as well as other industries, to identify savings opportunities they may otherwise have missed, while improving contract management, compliance and supplier management. SciQuest’s solutions help customers turn spending into a source of savings.
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