When the City of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and its school system sought to replace their mainframe-based procurement system in 1999, rather than update the purchasing software they had been using, Advanced Procurement Systems, they opted for Oracle.
"We’re not just buying stuff; we’re doing our part to educate children. So, when we make our processes more efficient, that frees up time, money and other resources that can be used to help teach kids."– Kevin Beardsley, Director of Purchasing, Virginia Beach City Public Schools
But as the purchasing office staff began trying to use the new system, they realized their choice was a backward step rather than a move forward. They returned to APS, which eventually evolved into BuySpeed™