Benefit from Global Procurement
In almost every industry, procurement has become a global business. But when suppliers can be based in any part of the world, new challenges also arise.
How can you keep an overview of vendor reliability? How do you comply with the specific legal requirements of a variety of countries, check vendor restrictions, and ensure consistent procure-to-pay processes throughout your operative purchasing?
New digital solutions and considerable expertise in developing concepts and implementing them help you reap the benefits of global procurement.
Use Procurement Networks and Supplier Evaluation
While automated procurement is already standard in many different sectors, companies still often lack a central overview of all supplier relationships.
Procurement networks like the SAP Ariba Network enable you to consolidate all purchasing activities in one place. Using supplier classification, supplier qualification, and supplier evaluation, you quickly find reliable vendors that meet your demands.
This improves your own ability to deliver. What’s more, payment processing is integrated – and therefore runs faster than ever.
Integrate Strategic Sourcing and Operative Purchasing
Sourcing decisions are no longer separated from operative purchasing. All strategic purchasing processes, including supplier evaluations, assessments by credit rating agencies, and information about the ability to deliver, can now be integrated and carried out with SAP Ariba solutions.
And they can be connected to the operative processes in SAP S/4HANA, including requests for proposal (RFP) and auctions. This saves time and supports compliance. The advantage in the SAP environment is scalability.
With support from NTT DATA Business Solutions experts, you can start by optimising individual processes and then continuing with the rest at a later date: from contract management to catalogue integration to invoicing.
Implement Self-Service Procurement
In procurement, there is huge potential for savings. Special procurements lead to disproportionately high costs and effort, which can be significantly reduced by implementing self-service procurement. Instead of filling in request forms, employees can order the necessary items themselves with easy-to-use, mobile-friendly apps.
Purchase approvals can also be carried out in the same way. This makes procurement easier for all departments, allowing procurement staff to focus more strongly on strategic tasks.
Support the Transition to SAP S/4HANA
The new generation of IT is changing the fundamental structures in procurement. SAP S/4HANA, for example, no longer separates creditors and debtors, but groups them together under the term business partner. Alongside numerous other changes, this means that users require new knowledge.
There also needs to be a change in mentality – because it is clear that relationships between suppliers need to become more collaborative, and procurement needs to become faster, simpler, and more secure. Intuitive workflows, user interfaces, and mobile apps provide the key.