Simplexis, an eProcurement provider for the K-12 market, and IBM have announced an agreement to provide electronic procurement software and services to K-12 schools. Under the terms of the agreement, IBM will provide training and support services to help school districts implement Simplexis’ eProcurement software.

The Simplexis eProcurement solution can reduce the overall cost of requisitioning purchase orders and can streamline the sealed bid and informal quote process, according to the company. School districts also can increase their buying power through aggregate purchasing and purchasing that can be done in conjunction with state and existing contracts. The system is customized specifically for school districts.

“IBM has a tremendous reputation for delivering high-quality technology solutions to small, medium, and large school districts across the nation,” said Simplexis CEO Amar Singh. “Our customers [will] benefit from IBM’s extensive experience in the K-12 marketplace and have an increased level of comfort knowing the resources of IBM will be the implementation and integration provider behind the Simplexis solution.”

IBM has extensive experience in integrating new technology with school districts’ existing systems, reworking their business processes and training end users. IBM’s broad range of services includes implementations of financial systems, student information systems, and human resources systems. The company also has helped schools re-evaluate their procurement processes and written software to tie these systems together.