Minneapolis schools to build self-funded procurement site

Minneapolis schools to build self-funded procurement site

By Wilson Dizard III

GCN Staff

JAN. 29—The Minneapolis Public Schools have chosen two contractors to build a self-funded procurement Web site linked to legacy financial systems.

Officials of the 49,000-student school district reviewed proposals from 10 vendors of electronic procurement systems before choosing Epylon Corp. of San Francisco.

Epylon will receive a 2 percent transaction fee on every sale through the site at www.epylon.com. The fee will defray all costs of deploying the procurement system, according to Epylon. There will be options for requesting quotations, processing bids and searching a database of more than 1,600 suppliers.

Deloitte Consulting of New York will implement the procurement system. Epylon and Deloitte specialists will integrate the existing school financial system with the Web site using Epylon's edgXML, a standards-based integration platform that incorporates Extensible Markup Language.

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