Improve agility and orchestrate multi-tier supply chains to become demand driven
You know Ariba for our indirect procurement expertise and Ariba Network (now SAP Business Network). You know SAP for its ERP business apps, industry insights, and supply chain know-how. Now that we’re one organization, what do you get?
SAP Ariba solutions for direct spend, with supplier management, strategic sourcing, direct procurement, and supply chain collaboration all made more efficient and effective by the world’s largest supplier network – with built-in integration to your backend systems.
Now you can put these solutions to work to build a digital, collaborative supply chain for discrete manufacturing. From design to deliver, you’ll be able to:
- Eliminate manual processes and related costs
- Forecast and reduce final product costs
- Achieve total visibility into supply
- Improve both forecast and order collaboration
- Reduce cost of goods procured and sold
- Optimize inventory and related working capital
- Speed up time-to-market
- Become a demand-driven organization
Enabling Microsoft’s One Digital Supply Chain
Microsoft explains how working with SAP Ariba is streamlining their design-to-deliver direct spend processes and helping their One Digital Supply Chain initiative achieve its goals.
Supplier onboarding and management
Quickly and easily onboard, qualify, and segment suppliers – and manage performance – using comprehensive tools integrated to your sourcing process. Drive spend to preferred suppliers and improve compliance.
Multi-tiered supplier collaboration
Effectively collaborate with all suppliers, including contract manufacturers, tier 2, and beyond. Better manage your non-linear and external supply chains, reduce inventory levels, and increase fill rates with complete supply chain visibility.
Product lifecycle sourcing
Import bills of materials (BOM) directly from your PLM system and source from a multilevel BOM. Speed time to market by ensuring 100% of BOM is sourced – even complex, multi-level BOMs.
Become more demand-driven and drive down inventory costs. Optimize inventory by collaborating on long- and near-term forecasting. Gain full visibility into inventory that is consigned, owned by you, and/or managed by suppliers – whether it is at your sites, your contract manufacturer’s, or in transit.
End-to-end process management
Connect sourcing and contracting processes with manufacturing execution using prebuilt ERP integration to ensure that negotiated terms are fully executed. Cut manual processing costs, cost of goods sold, and IT costs.
Integration to back-end systems
Integrate to any back-end system. Gain packaged integration with the SAP ERP application, PLM, and supply chain solutions. Terms in sourcing agreements flow to your ERP software, and execution documents such as forecasts, purchase orders, subcon orders, and quality notifications also flow smoothly between internal and supplier systems.
SAP Ariba Solutions for Direct Spend
Vik Kothari, Director, Microsoft Supply Chain
Integrating all of the apps and internal back-end systems into one platform is the only real way to build an intelligent supply chain.