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Boost agility and responsiveness to drive innovation

With a complex environment comprising multiple tiers of suppliers and an OEM network that is massive in size and scope, forward-thinking automotive companies can maximize supplier relationships to improve supplier performance and manage the bottom line. Staying competitive in this industry requires a lean, agile operation that handles commodity volatility, responds to ever-changing customer needs profitably, and sources materials and equipment with a balance between costs and supply risk.

SAP Ariba source-to-pay solutions can help automotive companies sharpen spending and operational competencies while accelerating innovation, integrating supplier and partner networks, and transforming business models to meet consumer expectations. With SAP you can encourage new revenue opportunities by:

  • Enabling managed spending of new product introductions
  • Improving transparency into global spend
  • Building foresight and resilience into MRO asset management
  • Integrating sourcing and procurement processes for direct, indirect, and services
  • Strengthening contract and regulatory compliance

The SAP Advantage

A unified view of spend

Transform spending across the organization to streamline costs, comply with regulations, and achieve economies of scale. With one view into all spend – including direct and indirect materials, services, and contingent workforce – you can better manage costs and strengthen business resiliency.

Complete supply chain visibility

With network-based supply chain collaboration, you can collaborate with multiple tiers of suppliers to manage your automotive supply chain, sharing forecasts, anticipating problems, and onboarding all of your suppliers seamlessly.

Collaborative MRO asset management

Minimize the threat of downtime with timely and coordinated access to mission-critical spare parts and a skilled workforce. Collaborate with MRO suppliers and contingent labor partners to increase uptime of key assets without incurring added costs for expedited spare parts or excess labor.

Greater purchasing compliance

Give employees a simple way to buy the goods and services they need to do their jobs, all in one place. With the guided buying capability, they’ll adhere to your policies and processes to buy from preferred suppliers – without the need for you to get involved.

Innovative supplier experience management

Survey, analyze, and act upon supplier issues more purposefully with Qualtrics XM for Suppliers. Gather data that can strengthen your security of supply and accelerate time-to-savings with real-time supplier insights.

Better external workforce management

Use SAP Fieldglass solutions to gather data and insights that can help you track and manage the fastest-growing segment of the workforce – contractors, consultants, freelancers, service providers, and contingent workers – with more efficiency and at lower cost.

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“Together, SAP and Accenture are continuing to invest in experience because this is key to shaping and influencing buying behaviors, which will put us on the right path for our intelligent spend management journey.”

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Yokohama Rubber

“In considering the transition to Ariba Network, we were motivated by a desire to move to a higher level in the areas of productivity in procurement, procurement costs, and internal dynamism.”

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NTT DATA Services

“We had to build a lean and agile procurement team that could operate on a global basis and manage over $1 billion in annual spend. That’s why we needed world-class procurement tools like SAP Ariba solutions.”

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Product sourcing solutions

Equip sourcing and commodity management teams to establish high-value sourcing agreements that meet the unique needs of automotive and industrial manufacturing companies.

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Drive spend to preferred suppliers and scale compliance for your entire supplier base, while managing suppliers better – all in one place.

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