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Suggestions for small company purchasing systems?

Linda Chateauneuf's Profile

Are any of you using a purchasing system that is more applicable to a smaller organization? Ariba is too big for us but we are looking into what the best fit might be for a smaller organization.


david waltz
Title: Assistant Treasurer
Company: Integrys Energy Group
(Assistant Treasurer, Integrys Energy Group) |

I know banks have products where you send them one file and they decision the payment method (check, ACH, credit card, etc.). I am not sure what a minimimum volume is for this activity, but your bank will tell you if they are interested or not.

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Scott MacDonald
Title: President/Owner
Company: AlphaMac Resources, Inc.
(President/Owner, AlphaMac Resources, Inc.) |

David, I would love to hear more about this. I have never heard of it.

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Wayne Spivak
Title: President & CFO
LinkedIn Profile
(President & CFO, |

At $199 if it provides what your looking for, it's not a bank killer...

"Enterprise-Class Software Delivered in the Cloud
With the simple click of a button, mid-market companies can purchase Ariba® StartSourcing™ ( Ariba® StartContracts™ ( for as little as $199 a month. Delivered on-demand through the Ariba Commerce Cloud, the offerings can be deployed in days and are uniquely designed for small and medium enterprises. Using the solutions, companies may:"

I take no warranty, I have never used Ariba.

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Shannon Mathews
Title: Controller
Company: Aldrich Services LLP
(Controller, Aldrich Services LLP) |

If you are looking for invoice automation and bill payment and you like Ariba then talk to Wells Fargo. They have a license with Ariba and have started offering a smaller version that is avalible to small/medium compnaies. The monthly fees were very reasonable however it is still the implementation fee that have held me up.

If you are talking about a po system then I'm interested as well. As I haven't found a great add on system for those without getting a large $ product (Basware is my dream product but it appears to get pricey).

Christine Speedy
Title: Global Business Development
Company: CenPOS
(Global Business Development, CenPOS) |

Take a look at OpenBravo which is modular and there is a free version to download.

We just finished integrating their opensource ERP with a 3rd party retail POS and the CenPOS payment gateway, creating a seamless procurement, EBPP and payment solution, including level 3 data. Our packaged solution is free. If that's a fit for anyone, contact me to be a free beta tester, at 954-942-0483. Please note, we do not offer hosting for the application, just the payment portion which is fully PCI Compliant.

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