General ECAT Information
ECAT is MIT's web-based system for purchasing
directly from selected MIT partner vendors. ECAT is integrated with SAPweb
for quick creation of requisitions. ECAT works as follows:
- Certificates: Access to the vendors' ECAT catalogs relies on MIT web
certificates -- the same certificates you use with MIT's other secure
web services, such as SAPweb. If you need to get or renew certificates,
Certificates at MIT.
- MIT certificate-compatible browser: Access to ECAT vendors requires
the use of a web browser compatible with MIT certificates. For a list
of recommended and supported browsers, see Web
Browsers at MIT.
- The vendors' web sites contain up-to-date catalogs with searching
and browsing features.
- Prices in the vendors' catalogs reflect discounts to MIT.
- You select items from the vendor's catalog to create an order.
- The order you prepare at the vendor's web site creates SAPweb requisition.
This requisition feeds into MIT's SAP system for approval, after which
the vendor is notified to fulfill the order -- all done electronically.
You do not have to call the vendor to place your order.
- Authorization to order through ECAT is based on your SAP profile.
If you are not sure that you are set up in SAP, check with your department's
financial administration or administrative officer. You may also check
your own SAP requisitioning authorizations by going to the Web
Interface to the Roles Database and select the link "My authorizations"
- Dollar limits on orders are geared to your own purchasing authorization
- Restrictions on purchasing certain items apply. For details, see the
MIT Procurement Department's Requisitioning