SCM Insights
June 30, 2020

How you benefit from a central procurement solution when having various ERP systems in place

Matching themes: e-Procurement, procurement

As a central procurement system, the Central Procurement Hub bundles all purchasing functions in one place, even in very heterogeneous backend landscapes
As a central procurement system, the Central Procurement Hub bundles all purchasing functions in one place. Best of all, it work in very heterogeneous backend landscapes

Many companies operate historically grown multi-backend system landscapes. Mergers and acquisitions, international expansions, new sites and plants, different update cycles, etc. have multiplied the number of ERP systems within the organization over time. This in itself is not a problem. However, if you wish to use a central procurement system for all your plants and locations at the same time, things become tricky. Today’s Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) systems often support only a single ERP as a backend system. So, what to do?

Using a central procurement system in spite of a multi-ERP landscape

This is precisely where SupplyOn’s Central Procurement Hub comes in. As a central procurement system, it bundles all purchasing functions in the organization in one place. The Central Procurement Hub can be easily integrated into even very heterogeneous system landscapes. Regardless of whether you use different SAP ERP, S4/HANA or non-SAP systems, the solution bundles everything in one location. Also, there is no limit to the number of systems that can be integrated.

As a result, all purchasing-relevant processes throughout the company can be mapped in one single sourcing tool: from the selection of suppliers and the request for quotation to contract management and the monitoring and analysis of all processes.

Smart Procurement for the entire organization

But the solution does not stop there: Predefined interfaces make it easy to integrate SupplyOn Smart Procurement. This way, all users in the organization have access to an intuitive purchasing tool that maps the predefined purchasing processes and structures. This allows even employees from non-purchasing departments to independently initiate and execute purchasing processes.

The internal clients can access catalogues and procurement platforms approved by the purchasing department, bundle their requirements in a shopping cart and then place the order. If individual requirements need to be met, the user is intuitively guided to the right purchasing channel. This helps to establish uniform processes throughout the organization that meet all corporate compliance requirements in an efficient and transparent manner.

Working together for streamlined procurement processes

Both innovations – the Central Procurement Hub and the Smart Procurement – are optimally aligned to one another, allowing you to fully exploit their benefits when used in combination. As a result, you enjoy significantly leaner and more efficient purchasing processes, both in the procurement of production and of non-production materials.

Interoperability of Smart Procurement and Central Procurement Hub in a multi-backend landscapevon Smart Procurement und Central Procurement Hub in einer Multi-Backend-Landschaft
Interoperability of Smart Procurement and Central Procurement Hub in a multi-backend landscape

Sven Vollmer

Portfolio Manager SRM

purchasing 4.0 are not just buzzwords, but the guide to shaping the future. With my blog I would like to show the opportunities of today and what we are working on to help you be even more successful in the future.

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