July 22, 2019
Maryland Department of General Services Office of State Procurement launches new e-procurement system
BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Department of General Services today announced the Office of State Procurement launched the state’s new e-procurement system eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA). This initiative is a direct result of Governor Larry Hogan’s 2016 Commission to Modernize State Procurement, led by Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford.
“With the addition of this e-procurement system, Maryland is taking a significant step forward in the way we do business,” said Governor Hogan. “I am extremely proud of the team effort between the Departments of General Services, Information Technology, Budget and Management, and Transportation, as well as the guidance of Lt. Governor Rutherford, to complete this major procurement and ensure that Maryland remains open for business.”
“eMaryland Marketplace Advantage is much more than the state’s new bid board,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “It is an adaptive tool that provides innovation and flexibility over time, fits into our modernization goals of innovation and efficiency, and will help us anticipate future needs.”
“eMMA offers a user friendly interface that will drive transparency, quality, and compliance,” said General Services Secretary Ellington E. Churchill. “eMMA will provide the tools necessary to take Maryland into the next generation of procurement.”
General Services has partnered with Nitor, a procurement services firm focused on spend management, to oversee implementation efforts of the new system. eMMA is state-of-the-art procurement technology powered by the Ivalua Platform, a global leader in procurement technology. eMMA will allow buyers to collaborate with vendors from the bidding and contracting process all the way through the purchasing process.
“Vendors will benefit from this easy-to-use, single access point to review and participate in sourcing opportunities across the state,” said Robert Gleason, Senior Procurement Executive. “Our vendors are essential partners in Maryland’s success and we want to ensure they have every opportunity to make full use of the eMMA system’s range of capabilities so we can enable fair, open and efficient access to all public business opportunities in Maryland.”
Over 12,000 vendors have pre-registered in eMMA and have positioned themselves to do business with Maryland and its local governments. Vendors not yet registered are encouraged to do so. Vendors can access the system to conduct business or register by going to procurement.maryland.gov.
While the user experience is intuitive, help and training will be provided during the transition by the eMMA help desk. The state is currently in the process of training over 825 procurement professionals. Quick reference guides (QRGs) and other training aides are available at procurement.maryland.gov. Questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About DGS: The Department of General Services is responsible for essential services and programs administered on behalf of the state, including procuring goods and services; designing, building, leasing, managing and maintaining facilities; leading energy conservation efforts; and providing essential services such as fuel management, disposition of surplus property and records management. The Department of General Services Maryland Capitol Police maintains safety and security at state buildings.
Article first published on www.maryland.gov