PALO ALTO, Calif., February 14, 2017 – Procurement is undergoing a major transformation, becoming more digital and strategic than ever. And innovative companies like Atos are leading the way, combining the cloud-based applications and business network of SAP Ariba with its SAP ERP system, to fuel a comprehensive, yet simple procure-to-pay process that is changing the game.
“Procurement is no longer about buying things at the best prices, but collaborating in new, more efficient ways that create value across the entire source-to-settle process,” said Ingrid Rowe, Director of Global Procurement Projects & Ariba Tools. “To do this requires more than just point solutions that address specific tasks. It takes an end-to-end offering that combines the convenience and agility of the cloud with the connectivity and global reach of business networks and the strength of enterprise applications. In combining SAP Ariba and SAP, this is exactly what we get.”
Atos has a long history of procurement innovation. In 2007, Atos moved from a regional model to a global one and created an organization to support it. In 2009, it revamped this organization, implementing a more automated and digital approach to procurement with hybrid solutions from SAP and SAP Ariba serving as the foundation.
The company started by replacing its homegrown system with SAP SRM and has steadily added cloud-based solutions from SAP Ariba to extend the value of this system, including:
- Ariba Discovery™ – to increase productivity by finding and qualifying new suppliers faster and lower costs by creating more competitive sourcing events
- Ariba Sourcing™ – to automate negotiations across all categories of spend with the world’s most global network of digitized suppliers
- Ariba Contract Management™ - to more efficiently create, execute and manage best-value agreements
- Ariba Supplier Information and Performance Management™ – to simplify onboarding and management of its global supply base
- Ariba® Procurement Content™ - to power online catalogs through which employees can requisition any kind of good or service in accordance with company policies and procedures
- Ariba Invoice Management™ – to fuel a connected, intelligent, global process for managing payments that reduces, paper, error and risk
“Procure-to-Pay isn’t a series of discreet tasks, but a connected process that involves tight integration of stakeholders, systems and processes across multiple functions,” said Paul Devlin, General Manager, SAP Ariba, EMEA and MEE. “As innovative organizations like Atos have recognized, the only way to effectively manage this process is through end-to-end, network-based solutions that are enterprise strong, yet consumer simple and power new ways of thinking and operating that create advantage.”
Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is a leader in digital services with pro forma annual revenue of circa € 12 billion and circa 100,000 employees in 72 countries. Serving a global client base, the Group provides Consulting & Systems Integration services, Managed Services & BPO, Cloud operations, Big Data & Cyber-security solutions, as well as transactional services through Worldline, the European leader in the payments and transactional services industry. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, the Group works with clients across different business sectors: Defense, Financial Services, Health, Manufacturing, Media, Utilities, Public sector, Retail, Telecommunications, and Transportation.
Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and is listed on the Euronext Paris market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting, Atos Worldgrid, Bull, Canopy, Unify and Worldline.
About SAP Ariba
SAP Ariba is how companies connect to get business done. On the Ariba Network, buyers and suppliers from more than 2.5 million companies and 190 countries discover new opportunities, collaborate on transactions and grow their relationships. Buyers can manage the entire purchasing process, while controlling spending, finding new sources of savings and building a healthy supply chain. And suppliers can connect with profitable customers and efficiently scale existing relationships – simplifying sales cycles and improving cash control along the way. The result is a dynamic, digital marketplace, where more than $1 trillion in commerce gets done every year.
To learn more about SAP Ariba, visit www.ariba.com
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