LiiT
Laboratory for Internet and Innovative Technologies

Modeling new functionalities and cloud computing for electronic procurement

The main goal of this thesis is analyzing the problem of e-Procurement, and particularly e-Ordering and e-Invoicing. Today, electronic means to conduct purchases and sales are becoming the overwhelming way in which companies operate, and they need to decide how to implement e-Ordering and e-Invoicing, what software solutions to use, and how to successfully integrate them with their current software. For the purposes of evaluating existing solutions, we created a new methodology to benchmark their sophistication, and used it to evaluate a number of solutions.

These indicators established that good e-Ordering and e-Invoicing solution for small or medium enterprises has to be built upon ideas of Cloud computing and Software as a Service, and take into consideration the interoperability of the solution with company software and solutions used by other companies or government agencies, as well as their counterparts in other European countries.

Having established the foundation principles of the desired solution, in this thesis we present the model used in one of the today’s most promising initiatives (PEPPOL), and ideas for extending this model with new basic functionalities. Using these basic functionalities, we derived new complex profiles to help describe our model and develop a new solution which will use them in full.

This model could also represent a basis for a software solution which will be a crucial part of the efforts for establishing complete and functional e-business platform in Macedonia.

Team
Team Leader:

Marjan Gushev, Ph.D.

Team Members:

Kiril Kjiroski, B.Sc.

Sashko Ristov, M.Sc.

Magdalena Kostoska, M.Sc.

Keywords

e-Procurement, e-Invoicing, e-Ordering, cloud computing, SaaS, interoperability