Virginia re-ups CGI-AMS for e-procurement work

A five-year, $65 million contract renewal to host, maintain and operate Virginia's Web-based procurement portal has been granted to CGI-AMS Inc.

The portal, known as eVA, is designed to reduce costs and create efficient purchasing processes by funneling procurements through a single, secure, electronic portal. The portal is powered by technologies from CGI-AMS and Ariba Inc., Sunnyvale, Calif.

Virginia hired CGI-AMS in 2001 to design and implement a new online procurement system that makes purchasing faster and easier. The state has since used the portal to process more than 1 million orders for $10 billion in goods and services.

Before creating the new system, Virginia had 171 agencies, institutions and other public entities using a variety of desktop applications, automated purchasing systems and manual processes for procurement. The patchwork system did not allow information-sharing or joint purchasing, according to state and company officials.

Ethan Butterfield is a staff writer for Government Computer News' sister publication, Washington Technology.

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