Final report of the eContract project 2004 - 2006

eUrakka -projektin 2004 - 2006 loppuraportti

The aim of the development work in connection with the eContract project 2004 - 2006 - 2025 of the Finnish Road Administration is to implement the practical adoption of the procurement process and electronic services by making use of the possibilities offered by IT. This report describes the years 2004 - 2006 of the development work and projections up to 2015. The short-term goal was that "eContract is in use within the Finnish Road Administration by the end of the year 2006". The goal for 2004 - 2006 comprised testing and adoption of practical operating models with the aid of existing technical solutions without resorting to development of significant new technical solutions. The aim was also to draw up a new development plan up to the year 2015, so that new models are introduced as technical possibilities are improved. This way, a new development path was created. Progress along this path will be projected later. During the pilot phase, a general-level description of the electronic procurement process was compiled. It was completed in 6/2005. A more detailed description of the electronic procurement process was completed in 8/2006. Its aim was to deepen the general description drawn up earlier in terms of operator roles and the different phases of the procurement process. The focus has also been on describing applications linked with the procurement process on a general level, as well as information needs and their integration with electronic information databases and file management systems. The Finnish Road Administration aims to adopt the electronic procurement process in stages. It will be fully adopted by the year 2010, at which point it will operate in a two-way, interactive manner between the Finnish Road Administration and its service providers. IT solutions will be put out to tender according to the information service principle during the years 2007 - 2009. The transition to electronic commerce calls for development of multi-faceted training and competence, as it involves a number of different operators and many new concepts, procedures and systems. The main risks in the transition to the electronic procurement process concern commitment on the part of the parties involved, schedules and information databases. The transition to electronic procurement will not be possible unless all parties - the commissioner, service providers and stakeholders - are committed to the transition schedule or are unable to do so. The risks associated with the parties involved are caused by possible deficiencies in competence and hardware. The risks associated with databases concern accuracy of information, the ability to maintain it as well as compatibility issues. The electronic procurement process is an extensive field that calls for development in various separate sub-fields. The full economic benefits of electronic commerce will be available when the entire road maintenance process can be operated electronically, on both the commissioner's and the service provider's side. This report may be found at


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  • Accession Number: 01094827
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: TRL
  • ISBN: 951-803-739-6
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Apr 25 2008 8:00AM