Technology, Use Cases
January 14, 2015

SupplyOn enables requests for quotations with SAP SRM

Matching themes: indirect procurement

Requests for quotations for indirect materials are on the increase, but the related processes are often not continuous. Many companies wrestle with incompatible media because their process, from sourcing to ordering, uses disparate technologies. A lot of them purchase indirect materials using a standard SAP SRM system. Here, detailed workflow rules enable the person creating the shopping cart to handle everything right down to dispatching their order and logging the goods received. But when it comes to inquiries and requests for quotations, there is no cohesive system at all. SupplyOn has now closed this gap!

How does the SupplyOn platform manage to integrate the established RfQ process with your standard in-house SAP SRM system? Read more

SCM Insights, Use Cases
January 9, 2015

Supply bottlenecks in the procurement of spare parts are a thing of the past

Matching themes: procurement, procurement logistics

procurement of spare partsEspecially in the procurement of spare parts, there are often shortages in the supply chain. The main reason is that ordering and delivery processes are usually manual – i.e., once orders are placed by fax or e-mail, they disappear in a black box until delivery. During that time, you can’t tell whether the supplier has received the order or not, whether they are in a position to deliver on time, when the goods will be shipped, or when they are likely to arrive. Read more

SCM Insights
January 7, 2015

Are you collaborating already, or do you just exchange data?

Matching themes: AirSupply, APQP, Collaboration, Industry 4.0, procurement

In spite of the continuing spread of the Internet and the associated improvements to companies’ electronic networks, business processes are still largely based on the exchange of unstructured data by e-mail or even fax.

This may well surprise us, particularly as the fourth industrial revolution, ‘Industry 4.0,’ was proclaimed some time ago, Read more

December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas and see you next year!

Merry ChristmasIf the hectic pace before Christmas and gray weather get you down, do yourself a favor and give yourself a short break under palm trees – just like we did at the SupplyOn Christmas party: “Christmas in the Caribbean” was our motto this year. I have to admit it sounds a bit strange at first, but sitting there in a beach chair with my feet in the sand and a cocktail in my hand was a wonderful way to shake off all the pre-Christmas stress. You could almost forget that we were still in Munich and not in the Bahamas …

On that note, we wish you a stress-free Christmas, a few relaxing days off and a great start to 2015! Read more

December 19, 2014

Christmas AGILE – can Christmas Day be saved? (part 4)

How Santa Clause tries to align his Christmas organization with agile principles, you could read in Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 last week. Find out how the story of “Christmas AGILE” ends:

Tuesday, November 11th: Christmas 43 days off

weihnachtself-laptop_m12:50 p.m.
I am sitting in our Christmas Lunch Area and thinking. The morning runs like expected. We had our requirements workshop. I presented the wishes and they were estimated. The task break down was ready before lunch. All run fast and smoothly.

I cannot apply myself completely the new wishes. More wishes are coming in every day. Most of them are more or less standard and we can manage well. Even the other teams are quite good in their plans as First Witch told us this morning during the stand up.

I am convinced that we can manage well.  Read more

From the Community
December 16, 2014

Highlights from the Aviation Forum 2014 in Hamburg – brief and to the point

Matching themes: AirSupply, Inbound Supply Chain, supplier collaboration

Aviation Forum HamburgStorm or no storm – this was one of the crucial questions when the Aviation Forum 2014 started – as in 2013, storm “Xaver” was the reason why many participants of the Aviation Forum had to leave earlier.

This time, everybody was lucky: the predicted storm staid an announcement without consequences. So there were no time-wise restrictions to discuss crucial issues derived from the motto of the conference: “Strategic Evolution of the Aerospace Value Chain: Strategies – Concepts – Solutions”. Read more

December 12, 2014

Christmas AGILE – in the era of globalization (part 3)

How Santa Clause tries to align his Christmas organization with agile principles, you could read in Part 1 and Part 2 last week. It´s not the end of the story yet – find out how the tale of “Christmas AGILE” continues:

WeihnachtsmannMonday, November 3rd: Christmas 51 days off

03:00 p.m.
This Friday was horrible! When First Witch came back from Santa Claus, she was so angry, that still small thunderstorm clouds oozed out of her ears. Until late afternoon, she was not approachable. But we didn’t know, what to do – should I really take care of the Asian wishes? The other elves went simply on with their wishes. The engineers occupied themselves with the next wish and the testers had a lot of rainbows above their desks. I saw indecisively to Santa Claus’ files. Should I really screen them? How would First Witch react? I didn’t really want to risk a thunderstorm cloud above my head. So I left them laying on my desk – but I couldn’t concentrate on the wishes of the next sprint either. The days ends without a decision making. Read more

SCM Insights, Use Cases
December 9, 2014

No more retyping of time sheets: Having your suppliers enter their services performed online reduces the cost of your purchasing process

Matching themes: entry of services performed, indirect procurement, service procurement

Schluss mit Abtippen: Online Leistungserfassung durch den LieferantenDo you purchase services and find that entering the services performed is not organized consistently and cost-effectively? SupplyOn has developed a solution. The procurement of services is now common practice and offers many advantages, but often the administrative effort required prohibits the cost-effective organization of service provision processes.

For example, suppose you have engaged a software house to work for six months on customizing your financial software. You will naturally want to know how many of the contracted man-days the provider uses each month. At present, the service provider sends you a performance sheet in an e-mail, as a PDF document, or gives you the information by phone. You, the buyer, then have to log in to your system (e.g., SAP SRM) and enter the services performed by hand. On this basis the supplier submits a monthly invoice, or possibly only one invoice at the end of the contract period, since partial invoices are too labor-intensive. There are obviously a number of disadvantages to this process, ranging from manual data input to rising costs because of the buyer’s increased workload.

How can SupplyOn help you optimize the process?  Read more

Technology, Use Cases
December 3, 2014

SAP SRM coupled with SupplyOn can reduce your process costs for the procurement of services and reduce Purchasing’s workload

Matching themes: indirect procurement, service procurement

While catalogs for ordering office supplies via SAP SRM have been an established standard for years, this has not been the case for purchasing complex services.

Why is that? In our view, the main reason is that, for office supplies, buyers know exactly how much of anything they need to order.

When ordering a service however, it is necessary to reach agreement with the supplier. SAP SRM does not support the process of negotiating with suppliers, and that explains why operating departments cannot simply buy services from a catalog.

SupplyOn has now solved this problem. Read more

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