Antares Systems: Developing Efficient Products to Support e-Governance Initiatives

CIO Vendor Indian economy is growing steadily and huge infrastructure projects are being sanctioned and executed by both state as well as central government departments. Realizing the importance of e-governance, PSUs and government institutions have been mandated to use electronic auctions and procurement solutions extensively. However, to streamline the procurement operations, the solutionsmust be innovative enough to fulfill the need for automation, transparency and efficiency.
Antares Systems, headquartered in Bangalore,provides an internet-based end-to-end e-procurement solution which supports entire activities of all types of procurement/auctions based on a proactive workflow concept.

Developing Efficient Products to Support e-Governance Initiatives

Antares has been at the forefront of application development and started its operation focusing primarily on e-governance areas. “Our vast experience in providing top-of-the-line enterprise solutions focused on e-governance combined with our leading edge technical expertise has helped us immensely in delivering such solutions. With our hugely successful e-procurement suite, TenderWizard, we are, today, one of the leading and largest solution providers in the e-procurement market space,” says B V Suresh Kumar, CEO, Antares Systems.To address the various needs of the industry, Antares has also developed solutions for Municipality Governance, Land Records, Community Hall Booking System, GIS mapping of properties, eAuction for assets disposal, Banking and ePayment solutions.
Antares is the first company to develop an e-procurement product in India and also the first in the country to obtain the audit and security certification from STQC, Standardization Testing and Quality Certification, Government of India. From the technology perspective, Antares is the first true open source SaaS based product developer for the government sector in India.
Antares has played a proactive role in changing the mind-set of government organizations to adopt electronic tendering. The company has conceived and practiced simulation models that can replicate the manual tendering activities. “When we approached the Irrigation Department in Government of Karnataka to take up e-Tendering, we had to setup a parallel mode of tendering. Bidders participating in physical tenders were trained to simulate the same process in the electronic mode. Over a period of time, the electronic mode was found very easy and simple and the switch over to electronic mode was welcomed by the vendor community in a huge way,” adds Kumar.
Antares’ integrated e-procurement solution getsdelivered acrossthe departments in both centralized and de-centralized mode. Basedona SaaS model, this solution has its infrastructure facilities, including the data centre, provided and maintained entirely by Antares. The solution has been adopted extensively by Governments of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Punjab and CPWD that has been appreciated. To enable Bidders to participate in an e-Auction with ease, the company provides e-AuctionWizard - a multi-user web-based auction software system that enables departments to realize maximum value from their auctions. This online system provides information about all aspects of e-selling with detailed sales notices and online Bidder registrations.
Antares' latest product offering provides a platform for organizations to collect and manage the payment instruments for their services. Riding on this platform, the organizations can set up a system that manages the customer payments for their services or products.“We are developing systems after thorough research so that our products are not only good for today but for several years down the line and the proof of it is our e-procurement product itself,” concludes Kumar.