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Operational Purchasing Solutions

Improve operational efficiency and source determination for direct and indirect materials

Manage the procurement of direct material, indirect materials and services with solutions from SAP and Ariba. By using functionality for self-service procurement, catalogue management, plan-driven procurement, services procurement, and order collaboration, your company can effectively manage spending across the organisation for all spend categories. 

Solution Capabilities

Included Capabilities

Self-Service Requisitioning (Ariba)

Balance optimised services with minimised costs through material requirements planning

Give material requirement planning managers the power to guarantee material availability for procured or produced materials at the right time. Monitor stock-outs and automatically create procurement proposals for purchasing and production with greater visibility across the supply chain. Through proactive response to changing demand, you can optimise costs while meeting customer demand and increasing customer satisfaction.

Self-Service Requisitioning (S/4 HANA)

Respond to market demands through improved supplier collaboration and efficiency

Enhance the flexibility and lower the cost of your manufacturing operations with collaborative supply chain solutions from SAP. Allow your suppliers to get real-time visibility into direct material requirements driven by demand and planning. Automate the entire procurement process, including orders, confirmations, shipment notifications, and invoicing.

Purchase Order Processing (S/4 HANA)

Process purchasing requirements quickly and seamlessly

Deliver on purchasing demands faster and more efficiently with requirements processing solutions from SAP. Integrated processes enables you to bundle demands, automate sourcing and purchase order processing, and simplify approval and release procedures. In turn, you can meet the purchasing demands of individual employees using self-services and a variety of business processes – from project planning and material requirement planning to sales, production, and maintenance orders.

Purchase Order Collaboration (Ariba)

Create, display, change, and process purchase orders in one, integrated system

Give buyers the transparency they need to manage purchases quickly and accurately with purchase order processing solutions from SAP. By streamlining processing of purchase orders, business users can choose to automatically or manually generate purchase orders in response to purchase requisitions, approve and release purchase orders, and send purchase orders to suppliers. They can also process supplier responses such as confirmations, acknowledgements, and shipping notifications.

Purchase Order Collaboration (S/4 OP)

Streamline accounts payables and reduce costs with automated exception handling, validation, and routing of invoices

Gain better control of invoicing processes with SAP software for invoice management to increase cash flow, enhance cash requirements and payment visibility, reduce costs, minimise fraud, and improve vendor relations. Integrate electronic documents into your accounts payable process for faster and more accurate invoice processing, and help ensure that invoices reach intended destinations on time. Enhance vendor relations, which can lead to better pricing and payment terms.

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