Albofornitori is a platform for eProcurement which supports the following phases: eSourcing, ePublishing, eNoticing, eTendering, eAwarding. It's a:
1)Â certified suppliers electronic list for public awarding authorities
The list of suppliers is catalogued by aÂ product/service classification, letting them upload electronic certificates and attestations.
2) eSourcing portal
Albofornitori includes a legal review, news from suppliers and from awarding authorities.
3) ePublishing and eNoticing portal
It manages the entire publication procedure covering all the informative debt as fixed by the national law: Guue (CSAmed is eSender with IT001 login), GURI (theÂ Italian official journal), ministerial andÂ regional websites, national and local newspapers.
Albofornitori offers a service for daily electronic distribution of European notices (CSAmed is a license holder), selected on the basis of the desired CPV andÂ countries.
4)Â eTendering and eAwarding portal
It manages all the acquiring procedures according to the European and national law: best price / price + technical evaluation / price + technical evaluation with a final price auctions (open and restrictedÂ procedures).
Over European threshold it handles a specific procedure to assure the bid's inviolability, based on the use of electronic signature and timestamp. This procedure is registered by the national office (SIAE) and the international office (Washington copyright).
- more than 7.000 suppliers
- more than 40 awarding authorities
- two regional centralized awarding authorities
- one association of 500 local authoritiesÂ
- about 3.000 tenders
- more than 1 billion euro transaction over the European threshold
- totally paperless procedure
- only 90 days between the official notice and the contract (on average)
- best results for the most complex tender: 64 days for 290 million, 100 suppliers, 900 items
Italian Regulation on electronic procurement for public administrations (DPR 101/2002)
Directive 2004/18/EC on Public Procurement
ItalianÂ Law on Public Procurement (D. Lgs. 163/2006)
Description of target users and groups
Public administrations on the one hand, and private suppliers on the other hand.
All services are in ASP (Application Service Provider) via HTTPS (SSL v3)
Operating system: VirtualIron (http://www.virtualiron.com/)
Database: MySQL version 5.1
Web server: Apache 2
J2EE application server: JBoss version 4.2.3 stableTechnology choice: Mainly (or only) open standards, Open source software
Main results, benefits and impacts
More than 7000 qualified suppliers
More than 40 awarding authorities, whereof 2 regional centralized authorities
More than 3000 auctions
More than 1 billion euro transactions over European threshold
Only 90 days between the official notice and the contract (on average)
Return on investmentReturn on investment: Larger than €10,000,000
All things dealing with public procurement and usually managed in a traditional way can be managed in electronic way.
The main obstacle is cultural: usersÂ aren't stillÂ so familiar with technology and often choose the traditional paper mode only for habit.
The main benefits are organizational, since the needed resources are reduced and the working times are optimized.
ÂScope: Local (city or municipality), National, Regional (sub-national)