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Direct Procurement Solutions

Improve operational efficiency and source determination for direct materials

Solutions from SAP and Ariba, an SAP company, standardize and automate processes for planned materials, including daily requisitioning, spot sourcing, contract releases, and purchaser-order creation. Plan-driven procurement allows customers to bring more diverse spend under management for better contract compliance, increased cost savings, and better visibility for strategic sourcing. Buyers can negotiate for and capture significant savings during sourcing and contract cycles.

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Solution Capabilities

Included Capabilities

Material Requirements Planning (ERP)

Balance optimized services with minimized 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 optimize costs while meeting customer demand and increasing customer satisfaction.

Collaborative Supply Chain

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.

Requirements Processing (ERP)

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 Processing (ERP)

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.

Invoice Management

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, minimize 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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The digital economy is having a profound impact on SAP customers and requires a new level of orchestration to evolve your business, unleash full business value, and ensure business continuity. SAP Digital Business Services brings business and IT together to help you reimagine your business using our digital business framework.

Based on over 40 years of experience working with the world’s most progressive organizations and a robust partner ecosystem, SAP Digital Business Services can guide you on the path to innovation and digital transformation, while securing critical business processes.


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