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PROACTIS: The Best-kept Secret in Indirect Spend Management? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced PROACTIS, a UK- and US-based specialist vendor of spend control and e-procurement solutions with accredited partners

about proactis  Endorsement For anyone wondering about why I am dedicating so much attention to an obscure regional vendor, perhaps it will be interesting to know that PROACTIS fared very well in Gartner ’s 2009 report entitled  “Critical Capabilities for Best-of-Breed E-Procurement Vendors.”  PROACTIS has since noted that it has been increasingly entering larger scale enterprise deals. Gartner conducted research and analysis of 14 best-of-breed e-procurement vendors on four major use cases. PROACTIS scored the

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Document Management System (DMS)

Document management systems (DMS) assist with the management, creation, workflow, and storage of documents within different departments. A DMS stores documents in a database and associates important information about the documents, to the documents (known as metadata). Most systems provide workflow engines to design and support document creation, publication, and usage. DMS solutions are often used by insurance and health care industries, government bodies, or other organizations processing high volumes of documents. 

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