Robust security is essential within any Buying Group.
Rebates and discounts are highly sensitive, and undermining the trust the group has with each supplier/vendor can be seriously detrimental to the group and it's trading relationships.
When agreements, spend, and rebates are "digitized" and made available on-line, security becomes even more important if you wish to expand the range and scope of the available information in order to grow the group and help the groups' members benefit fully from the range of discounts, rebates, and offers available to them.
In addition, staff within member companies have different roles, and therefore require access to different information. Therefore simple security (i.e a generic "password protected area") is usuallyinsufficient.
Instead, groups needs granular security so different users have access to different levels and types of information. For example:
Our system has a fully flexible granular security system, which can grant access to individual documents, agreements, appointments and events - and can even grant permissions to specific terms within an agreement. This means that two users can view the same purchasing agreement and see different data depending on their security credentials.
In addition to view security, administrators can also set "edit" permissions, "delete permissions", and "permission management" permissions, meaning they can allow non-administrative staff to add documents to a directory (for example), but not change the document or delete it once it's been added.