Communication module for the micro-based small purchase contracting program
Bowman, W. Stevenson
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This thesis involves research & development of an interface between the small purchase contracting program (APADE jr.) and the Electronic Assisted Solicitation Exchange (EASE) system on COMPUSERV. The communication module enhancement of APADE jr. will enable the small purchase activities to list their contracts on COMPUSERV for access by vendors to retrieve details on contracts offered for bidding. The contractors then would input bid details into EASE for the communications module to retrieve directly into the APADE jr. databases, without the typical manual document review and data entry which buyers must now perform. The thesis conducts an analysis of small purchase operations and examines the feasibility of automation in small purchase activities. Different micro based procurement programs are compared and EASE operations are analyzed. Finally, the thesis proposes the design and programming of the communication interface between APADE jr. and EASE.
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