Government-to-Business E-Commerce

If there is, however, any one area where the U.S. federal government has begun to take advantage of the power of the Internet for other than general information services, it is in the arena of e-procurement. And for anyone who has ever been involved in the complex and time-consuming process used by governments for tendering and purchasing, improvements on this front will come as a welcome relief. In fact, the Gartner Group predicts that government-to-business e-commerce spending will expand dramatically in the next few years, from its current $1.5 billion to more than $6 billion by 2005.[3]

Much of the credit for this sudden, if limited, appreciation by government of the advantages of online procurement can ...

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