Just over six months ago, I discovered a one-page website about Tender.ly, web-based software for architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) companies to conduct their tendering for suppliers and subcontractors. Originally pencilled in for late 2009 and then February 2010, the launch date slipped a bit (as with many software projects), but a server version of the application is now available for download.
Sydney, Australia company Constrex is making a two-user version of the software available free (in Windows Server and Linux versions), allowing users to host Tender.ly on their own servers with storage ‘in the cloud’ – Amazon S3 – and evaluate it in their own organisations at their own pace (‘users’ means the administrators or managers of the tender process within the issuing company, not the number of subcontractors, etc).
For bigger companies, a 10-user package would cost US$1800 (after the first 12 months’ free support, further support would cost $900 per annum, entitling users to upgrade to new versions of Tender.ly as they are released). There are also packages for even larger businesses: 25-users (US$3600), 50-users (US$6400) and unlimited single-country users (US$10,000), with corresponding support deals.
From contacts with Constrex’s Jason Langenauer, I understand that a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) version is being developed (see Jason’s comment), and is likely to be launched in 3-6 months time on the tender.ly domain.