Fujitsu enlists SAP Ariba to ensure it is ready for era of 'digital disruption'

By James Henderson
As part of a €250mn ($293.4mn) investment to ensure that its systems and processes are ready to meet the demands of an era of ‘unprecedented digital...

As part of a €250mn ($293.4mn) investment to ensure that its systems and processes are ready to meet the demands of an era of ‘unprecedented digital disruption’, Fujitsu has selected SAP Ariba as a new procurement solution across its Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) region.

Fujitsu is in the midst of an ongoing strategic business transformation to continuously deliver innovation to its customers, and says the new SAP Ariba platform creates a ‘single, integrated cloud solution, and introduces new, standardised processes’.

By utilising the SAP Ariba platform, Fujitsu is hoping to enhance profitability and create long-term, sustainable advantage for itself and expedite the procurement process for all stakeholders.

According to its plans, Fujitsu will transform its operational functions including finance, procurement, order and supply chain management.

The solution will connect all systems, processes and trading partners to the Ariba network, enabling access from anywhere, at any time, and from any application or device. Procurement will become more sophisticated as there will be a unified view of all related activity across the company.

Steve Clayton, Chief Financial Officer at Fujitsu in EMEIA, said: “We chose SAP Ariba as it will enable us to provide our own customers with the best value.

“We are investing to optimise our systems, processes and the skills of our people for a digital future. In transforming our back-office processes.

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“it wasn’t enough to just have cloud-based applications, we wanted to transform the whole procurement journey into a strategic function to enable more streamlined, efficient procurement cycles that ensure collaboration with our suppliers to generate more value at every step.”

Paul Devlin, General Manager, SAP Ariba EMEA and MEE, commented: “Procurement in today’s digital economy has undergone its own transformation. It’s no longer about implementing a series of separate functions – rather it’s about creating value across the entire process from sourcing to settlement.

“We deliver this with an integrated, cloud-based offering that amplifies the power of enterprise applications by making them accessible from anywhere and by connecting them to the whole supply chain.

“Once the solution is implemented, Fujitsu will be able to manage the entire purchasing process, control spending, find new sources of savings and improve the supply chain.”

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