Getronics goes for gold in Atlanta

Integration and services stalwart Getronics Australia has taken out Microsoft's Fusion 2000 e-Commerce Solution of the Year Award for the Asia and South Pacific region, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Getronics took out the first place honours for its work with large Australian publishing company PMP Communications.

The APAC e-Commerce Award was open to all partners and service providers building ane-commerce platform using Microsoft's Internet products.

Getronics sought to reduce PMP's procurement costs by up to $10 million per annum using an e-commerce solution, designed to reduce individual transaction costs from $200 to under $20, and the number of suppliers from 9000 to 900, according to calculations by PMP.

Robin Dixon, managing director of Getronics in Australia, was "fiercely proud" of the award.

"Everyone's talking about B2B e-commerce, but we're out there doing it," said Dixon. "Winning this Fusion 2000 Award is recognition we're leading the field in this region."

Selected by a panel of Microsoft judges on criteria such as innovation and service, Getronics beat off a field of more than 875 entries with its customised version of Microsoft's Market product, an internal application built by Microsoft on the Windows 2000 platform. The product sits over PMP's existing procurement systems, from accounting to production.

The electronic procurement system built by Getronics looks to cut down on the paper trail caused by PMP's traditional dealings with numerous suppliers. Instead, Getronics has enabled PMP to handle ordering electronically.

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