GeM turns one this month

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Aug 21, 2012

This month marks the first anniversary of GeM.

Over the last year we have had 28,682 unique visitors to the site, trained 261 users and received and successfully resolved 904 customer enquiries.

During the past month we have delivered six enhancements to GeM. These enhancements include the launch of request for quote, IP authenticated access and a new look GeM landing page.

We started phase two of GeM earlier in the year and are now approaching delivery. Phase two focuses on consolidating the enhancements to the contracts database and rolling out the GeM eMarketplace to those institutions that do not have their own eMarketplace. The number of suppliers ready to trade through the GeM eMarketplace has also increased over the last year and more news on new suppliers is included below. If you are interested in finding out more about the eMarketplace please contact JISC Procureweb on 02920 870333 or eMail

Agreements live for Request for Quote

We have taken on board what you, our users, have fed back to us and as direct result of this have now delivered one of the first enhancements - request for quote functionality on the contracts database. This went live in July and we now have 101 suppliers on 26 agreements set up to receive and reply to quotation requests directly from GeM. We are continually adding more agreements to those already live for quote request so t
find out more about which agreements are live visit the GeM website.

28 Suppliers now on the eMarketplace
We are pleased to announce that we now have 28 suppliers live on GeM including our newest additions XMA and Iansyst Ltd.
The full list of suppliers is available on the GeM website.

Want to learn more about GeM?

If you want to learn more about GeM, why not join us on one of our forthcoming webinar training sessions? The session will allow you to learn more about searching for contracted suppliers, managing contracts and searching for contracted goods and services. The next sessions are

Friday 24th August                 14:30 - 16:30
Friday 7th September             14:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 19th September  10:30 - 12:30

To book a place on one of these sessions please eMail

If you are unable to attend one of the sessions we will be running more sessions so look out for further details on the GeM website at Alternatively if you are more eager to find out how to use the system, why not have a look at our comprehensive GeM userguides.

The Future

There is plenty more exciting news taking place across the GeM Service . Over the next quarter we will be working to improve GeM Access and Work Flow (Ease of use) which will be delivered by the end of November. Other planned enhancements include IP based customisation of the Login page, redevelopment of the homepage within the GeM application and re-development of the contract view page.

Please join us on the JISC Procureweb
Linked in account or follow us on twitter to find out what exciting things are happening. Alternatively you can reach us via eMail on: or call us on: 02920 870333.

Kathryn Whittaker
Marketing Officer