Annapolis, MD, June 10, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Today, Central Ohio Technical College – a fully accredited two-year college offering high-quality, accessible programs of technical education- -- and Unimarket, an innovator of collaborative eProcurement and eSourcing solutions for HigherEd, announced the signing of an agreement to implement eSourcing functionality throughout the College. COTC is excited to bring this innovative, on-demand, and web-based tool set into the state of Ohio’s technical college setting, and especially looks forward to obtaining the efficiency and cost savings advantages obtainable through Unimarket. Now a four-campus operation, COTC sees the collaborative technology inherent in the Unimarket solution as an operational gain not only internally, but hopefully across other institutions as well.
“We expect this initiative will drive benefits for both COTC and its suppliers alike in managing and responding to often complex and timely bidding activities,” said Scott Blackwood, CEO of Unimarket. “Faster, easier bidding processes to contract award, combined with efficient automated supply chains through eProcurement and order fulfillment, usually equate to more competitive bids and lower prices for the customer,” added Blackwood.
David Brillhart, COTC Vice President for business and finance, remarked on the announcement, “We’re pleased to be bringing state-of-the-art business processes to our procurement operations through the adoption of the Unimarket system. As a public institution that prides itself on exceptional programs in the technical fields at an affordable rate of tuition, we know that the gains from improved operations will help us keep those rates at an accessible level for our students.”
COTC is a state-assisted post-secondary institution of higher education offering more than 50 associate degree and certificate programs in business, health, engineering, and public service technologies. The College annually enrolls close to 5,000 students throughout its four campus locations and online. COTC has been accredited by the North Central Association of College since 1975. Its rapidly growing alumni network includes more than 7,000 graduates.
”We are convinced,” continued Brillhart, “that Unimarket’s solution will vastly improve and speed up the bidding process between COTC and its supplier community.”
“Unimarket’s collaborative eSourcing feature was the key element for me,” said Maggie Camstra, COTC’s Purchasing and Auxiliary Services Manager. She hopes to see COTC being able to combine its bidding on needed services, supplies and equipment with other Ohio institutions that have a common need as well. “We all hope to enjoy better costs for the necessary goods and materials we require if we want to continue to provide a high quality campus experience for our student body,” added Camstra.
About COTC: Since its founding at Newark in 1971, Central Ohio Technical College has grown to become a well-respected leader in the technical education of Ohio’s citizens. Today, with campus locations in Newark, Coshocton, Knox, and Pataskala, more than 50 associate degree and certificate programs, and a rapidly growing network of extraordinary alumni who are working and serving in communities throughout Ohio, COTC has well-positioned itself to lead future graduates into the changing workforce of tomorrow. COTC was recognized in November 2010 as one of the fastest-growing two-year public institutions in the nation by Community College Week. Visit www.cotc.edu for more information.
About Unimarket: Located in Annapolis MD and Auckland NZ, Unimarket provides online software for collaborative eProcurement and eSourcing to reduce costs and improve efficiencies for customers. Unimarket delivers world-class functionality to manage spend and processing of transactions from bid solicitation and purchases to electronic payments. Customers locate suppliers and buy the most cost-effective goods and services based on their respective requirements – all in sync with controls within respective finance/ERP systems. Thousands of customers’ suppliers from small to large and local to international can also maintain online catalogs and integrate their eCommerce/supply chains with Unimarket for complete automation. A distinctive feature of the Unimarket solution is the ability for customers to collaborate on their common purchases, thereby increasing economies of scale and driving down unit costs. Visit http://www.unimarket.com for more information.